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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: "Foreign Remittance \(Bank Of America\)" <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 13:25:22 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Your fund can be Pickup at the nearest bank this morning

My Greetings to you ,

We receive the email you sent, Mr. Donna Granger came all the way from usa to claim your payment this morning. Please here come a very big question, do we pay him?  and he said that you are dead. Please reconfirm is your full details and your direct telephone contact and your passport/ the payment details this morning, if you know is not turth. Please note that this is the final payment that you have to made to receive your fund in your nearest bank this morning. Please let us know your nearest bank address  so that we can send them a letter of recomendation and your transfer code for withdrawing.

I write to inform you that  your funds has been called up for payment and specially encoded to prevent any unlawful  withdrawal or diversion . and transfer will be completed upon your immediate compliance today .you will receive your transfer in your destination banking address to pick up the cash at any convenient bank locate in your area  and the address you giving to us.from the rules guiding this payment you  as the the beneficiary will pay for the urgent dispatch fee US$33 to ensure this funds  get to you on time with maximum security. upon sending the fee we will commence immediate today.

please do provide the above information accurately, because this office cannot afford to be held liable for any wrong transfer of funds or liability of funds credited into a ghost account. Pleease note that you are advice to send the require fee of $33 with the below details by Western Union only.

Receives Name:--------Ifeanyi Chukwu John
Country:--------- Benin Republic
City/state:--------- Cotonou.
Question:---------  What Color?
Answer:-------- -Blue
Amount:--------- $33

Please try all you can to send me the payment details today as soon as you send the requested fee of $33 today so that we can finishup the transfer by today without any further delay again.

Waiting to hear from you soon.

Thanks for banking with Bank of America while we looking forward to
serving you with the
best of our service.
Eric Lee.

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