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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: "ABN AMRO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2006 13:04:04 +0200
Subject: Uw Online Bankieren wordt geblokkeerd

Uw Online Bankieren wordt geblokkeerd

Geachte klant,

Abn Amro is niet in staat om uw rekening te verifieren.
Uw rekening moet zo snel mogelijk gecontroleerd worden. Uw kunt dit doen door de onderstaand link te klikken.

U zal gecontacteerd worden door een van onze medewerkers van ABN AMBRO voor meer informatie over dit nieuwe systeem Hoogachtend,
Customer Service.
2011 ABNAMRO Bank N.V. Nederland

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