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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:

Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 13:56:37 +0100
Subject: compensation of funds..

Greetings to you,

On behalf of the Obama's Foundation, we wish to notify you as a
beneficiary of $1,000,000.00 USD in compensation of scam victims.Do
contact HSBC INTERNATIONAL BANK, United Kingdom Branch for verification
and release of your $1,000,000.00 USD that we have deposited with the HSBC

The account log on will be presented to you by the bank in order to access
the funds before releasing into your nominated bank account. You will
transfer the funds into your nominated account on-line as the HSBC BANK,UK
will provide the necessary information to you. Please if you are willing
to accept the funds, do contact the Managing Director of the HSBC BANK,UK
with the following details: You are to fill the appropriate form and
submit to the bank.

[1] Full Names:_______________
[2] Contact address:_____________________________
[3] Direct Telephone No: ________________
[4] Occupation : _________________________
[5] Age :_______________

Managing Director of the HSBC BANK
Name: Ms.Susan E.Engel.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr.Stephen Green {Online Co-ordinator/Executive Manager}
Tel :+447035903742

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