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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "UK TREASURY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 14:27:07 +0100
Subject: Re:Your payment

1 Horse Guards Road London SW1A 2HQ, UK
Tel: +44-7024079242

Dr.Erik Forsman
Director, Compliance Board
Lincoln R. Charles
General Counsel

Dear Sir/Madam,


This is to inform you that we have just received a NOTIFICATION from a bank here (LLOYDS TSB) concerning a deposited funds of US$1.2M in their custody. Based on the letter of notification from the bank, they said that some time ago, a fund was sent to their bank from Africa to be transferred to your account as the beneficiary, but due to inability of the Bank to settle all clearance problems with the UK Treasury Department concerning the source of the fund, the fund was repatriated and payment cancelled.

The bank informed us that during the time this fund stayed in their custody waiting for clearance, it had an accumulated interest sum of US$1.2M and from further information, we have discovered that you are the beneficiary of the fund; hence we send you this letter.

We are ready to release this interest sum either by KTT (KEY TESTED TELEX TRANSFER) or by ATM CREDIT CARD SYSTEM (recommended) to you within 72hrs of this payment notice and endorsement as soon as we hear from you; hence we are sending you this payment notification to enable you come forward to claim the interest sum. Note that we recommend to release this interest sum to you by ATM CREDIT CARD SYSTEM because CARD PAYMENT SYSTEM is fast and easy and the bank will only have to process your card and load your funds directly in the card and dispatch it to you within 72hrs of this same payment order.

And since it is an accumulated interest payment, it will not require you to present any clearance documents like Anti-terrorist or money laundering clearance certificates etc as in the release of your contract sum or bank to bank wire. This method does not waste time, because once you comply with the issuing procedures for the card, your payment is guaranteed. And the Card Value shall be: US$1.2M only and you are advised that a maximum withdrawal value of $35,000.00 USD is permitted
on withdrawal per day. Be further informed that as the bank is duly inter-switched with banks all over the world, you can make withdrawals at
any Card Cash Center of your choice in the world.

You should get back to this office without delay.

Attn: Dr.Benjamin Berik
Tel: +44-7031932746
Fax: +44-7092004111

In addition, you are advised to furnish me with the following for final vetting and onward release to you:

1. Your Full name and address
2. Your telephone and fax numbers
3. Your banking details for the payment.

We are waiting for your reply in order to apply funds; hence you should treat as urgent and of top priority for a better service from us as we
have ONLY 72hrs mandate to process and release this interest sum to you.

Sincerely yours,
Dr.Erik Forsman

Compliance Board

Lincoln Charles
Board General Counsel

C.c: Ms. Stella Barger (Associate Director, Division of Banking
C.c: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
C.c: Gerard Lemos, Independent Director, Banking Code Standards Board

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