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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: Funds Clearing House <>
Date: Tue, 08 May 2012 16:23:48 -0430
Subject: Your Fund Release Order

Re: Fund Release Order

We write to confirm receipt of your fund release order. Please note
that the fund will be deposited in a Bank account in your favor here
in the United Kingdom. You will access this fund and transfer same
into any of your designated bank account via the Internet where ever
you are at any moment of the day.

However, you are to respond back to us with your name in full,
telephone number(s), address and next of kin. Thereafter the account
advice will be forwarded to you to carry out your fund transactions.

The above requires your urgent attention.

Yours faithfully,
Collins Atkins
Funds Clearing House London
+4470359 04585

************************** VICEPRESIDENCIA DE LA REPUBLICA

La informacion contenida en este correo electronico tiene caracter
privado y confidencial y
esta dirigido exclusivamente a su(s) destinatario(s), no podra ser
objeto de reproduccion
total o parcial, ni transmision de ninguna forma o por cualquier
medio, ya sea electronico,
mecanico, digital, registro o cualquier otro, no podra ser distribuido
sin el permiso previo
y escrito de personas debidamente autorizadas, bajo ningun concepto.
Si usted ha recibido
este mensaje por error, debe evitar realizar cualquier accion descrita
asimismo le agradecemos comunicarlo al remitente y borrar el mensaje y
cualquier documento

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