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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

From: "George Osborne" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <alex_citybnk@w.cn>
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2011 06:45:49 -0400
Subject: Urgent Message From CITI BANK UK.....Get In Touch Asap.

From The Desk of: George Osborne
Correspondence & Enquiry Unit
Chancellor of the Exchequer
HM Treasury Department Finance Ministry.
6 Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ.
Tel/Fax No: +44-20-7270-4558.
Email: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/
Her Royal Majesty "HM Treasury Department of the Finance Ministry here in United Kingdom UK, has investigated your funds which has been on transfer process for some period of time. During the second quarter of the general Financial Auditing here in London, the International Monetary Fund Unit (IMF), has recovered your fund at the tune of US$3,200,000.00 (Three Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars), which was to be paid to you through bank-to-bank Online wire transfer to your bank account. And It has been understood by our investigation team, that this fund was acquired by you as a result of the initial inheritance of your fund, which the United Nation was supposed to remit into your bank account some past years, and you have not received the money due to the fact that the British Revenue Service Department demanded for their Inland Revenue Tax. The United States of America Government International Funds Monetary Unit has removed this Inland Revenue Tax from your fund, So therefore you do not
After the auditing, United States Government International Funds Monetary Unit decides that the entire recovered and returned funds should be paid to their various owners within 8-Bank working days. This decision was taking by the Board of the auditors in the Department of Finance (Office of the HM Treasury) and at present the fund is in the escrow account with CITI BANK OF LONDON.
 
 
The United Kingdom HM Treasury Finance Ministry has signed the released of your fund, and it has also decided that your fund should be transferred to you without any further delay. For immediate transfer of US$3,200,000.00 (Three Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars),  to your bank account, You are hereby advised to complete all the empty requirements as stated below:
PERSONAL INFORMATIONS:-
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Your First Name:.........
Your Middle Name.........
Your Last Name...........
Your Residential Address.......
Your Age......
Your Date of Birth.........
Your Present Occupation........
Your Country of Origin.........
Your Home Phone No............
Your Cell Phone No.............
 
Your Mobile Phone No..........
 
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Note that the Department of Finance has ordered and assigned CITIBANK OF LONDON to carry out this payment to you, and therefore you should urgently complete all the empty requirements above, and forward it to the Wire Transfer Department with CITIBANK OF LONDON on the following details:-
CITIBANK OF LONDON PAMENT OFFICER:-
 
MR. Mr. Alex Andrez.
CITIBANK N.A LONDON.
 
Director Online Foreign Payment Department.
Citigroup Centre, 25 Canada Square
Canary Wharf, London, E14 5LB.
Tel: +44-703-184-2065.
Fax: +44-707-505-5880.
Email: alex_citybnk@w.cn
Payout Amount: 3,200,000.00.
In Word: (Three Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).
Please kindly complete the above transfer requirements and forward them to Mr. Alex Andrez, The International Wire Transfer Manager with CITIBANK OF LONDON, you will receive a total sum of US$3,200,000.00 (Three Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars),  into your bank account within the next 72hours. Complete the above requirements and send it to Mr. Alex for immediate release of your funds.
Regards.
 
 
George Osborne
Correspondence & Enquiry Unit
Chancellor of the Exchequer
HM Treasury Department Finance Ministry.
6 Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ.
Tel/Fax No: +44-20-7270-4558.
Email: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk

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