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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: Natwest Bank PLC <>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 20:18:03 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: RE

Nat west Bank PlcHead of Foreign Operation12 Throgmorton AvenueDrapers GardensLondon EC2N 2DLUnited KingdomEmail:Telephone:+447024067416  Hello I am Peter Bruce, Staff of one United Kingdom leading Bank, I will need your cooperation to immediately effect the sum of US$14.200,000,00Million (Fourteen Million, Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) into your account You are only required to provide the following information as stated below for the claim of this funds, Your name and address, Telephone and fax number, Any Form of identity The requested information above will enable you to have all legal rights to the claim of this fund, Kindly initiate the first response to enable me gives you detail information about this transactionAwait your prompt response Sincerely Peter Bruce
Nat west Bank PLCHead - Telex and Exchange departmentInternational Operations/Debt Reconciliations/Payment

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