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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: "Mr. James Robinson." <>
Reply-To: "Mr. James Robinson." <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:35:48 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Afex Bank London.

Registered No: 1026167
Address:3  St James's Square



Did you authorize Mr. Louis Henrik who presented document of claim purported to have been signed by you for the release of your part-payment beneficiary Funds settlement of seven million five hundred thousand United States Dollars ($7.5million) only, which have been made and sealed for your transfer? Why this, because the Fund Certificate was credited to you, hence this later development of Mr. Louis Henrik? Ensure that you do not delay to get back soonest as this calls for urgent and cogent attention to avoid misappropriation, misconception and misconstrue in Nat west Bank beneficiary's financial transfer record.

If you did not give any Power of attorney or Authorization to the said Mr. Louis Henrik for claim of your fund, please reconfirm immediately to avoid banking irregularities, as your fund is now ready to be transferred (based on the urgent instructions from the Committee of Foreign Contractor Payments Board under the control of the Presidential office). In summary to your fund transfer contact the Afex Credit Bank International Remittance Department for your fund release, while taking note to complete the under listed:

Fill the information required below and send it to;

Mrs. Jane Clark
The Executive Director
Afex Bank London England.
Foreign Remittance Dept.

1) Your full Name ..............................

2) Residential address ............................

3) Direct Cell-Phone/Mobile ...............

4) Age and marital status........................

5) Company Name and Position if any ...........

As soon as this information is received, your payment will be made to you in an online transfer to be wired to your nominated bank account. You are advice to contact the Foreign Department immediately. Your contract Ref. No. is INT/LON/UK/BEN/012 This fund is in line with the Federal Policy for release of all outstanding payment beneficiary due for payment as directed by the new Bank President

Best Regards

Mr. James Robinson.
Foreign Settlement Department Manager
Afex  Bank London.

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