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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: "Mr.Ben Max" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2011 11:30:54 -0800
Subject: From Mr.Ben Max,

>From Mr.Ben Max,
Computer & IT Director
Royal Bank of Scotland, Liverpool
Branch office London.


I am Mr.Ben Max,Staff of Royal Bank of Scotland,Liverpool Branch office London.I will need your cooperation to immediately effect the sum of US$59.2Million (Fifty-Nine Million, Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) into your account.

You are only require to provide the following information as stated below for the claim of this fund.

Your Full Name:
Your Residence Address:
Telephone and fax number:
Any Form of identity:

The stated above details will be used to process the legal back up papers so as to enable the Bank approve the fund to you being the new beneficiary.

Kindly get back to me so that i can give you the full details of this transaction for better understanding.

Await your prompt response.


Mr.Ben Max,
Computer & IT Director
Royal Bank of Scotland, Liverpool Branch office London.

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