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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: "Senator David Mark" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 04:20:56 -0800

Our File Ref No: CCHS/97531/CBN-NG-00X901/2011


We want to officially notify you that your funds valued
at US$5.5 000,000.00(Five million five hundred thousand U.S. Dollars
only), being payment for your Overdue Inheritance/Contract
entitlements has been programmed to be
transferred to a Bank Account in the USA, following series of
documents tendered by your Representative Mr. David L. Nielsen, and
your Attorney Barrister John Swatz, of J. Swatz & Associates as fed ex
could not deliver to you the draft issued initially on your behalf due
to wrong information on your address.

They have presented a "Power of Attorney" duly signed by you in which
it was clearly stated that due to some inevitable circumstances beyond
your control (ILL HEALTH) that you will not be able to finalize this
payment yourself, thus appointing Mr. D.L. Nielsen to act on your
behalf. All transfer documents have been forwarded to the office of
the Minister for Finance for final endorsement and are mandated to be
concluded in a few days from now.

As a matter of urgency, we need a re-confirmation from you if the said
Man and Attorney are your True Representatives before we proceed to
issue final payment release order. Find below the account
information.Please you are advised to contact Senator David Mark on
this email for more update ( or

They have presented for the transfer the account below.
A/C Name: Blue Bell Realty, Inc.,
Bank: JP Morgan Chase Bank,
1 Chase Manhattan Plaza,
New York , NY.10081
Bank Routing #:021000021
A/C #:227863934766

We look forward to your swift response.

Senator David Mark
Senate committee chairman
Direct Tel; +2341-4756295
Direct Mobile;+2348060244746

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