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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 05:41:55 +0100
Subject: Subject: Irrevocable Release/Transfer Notice for your due funds (US$10,500,000:00).

If you are ready to receive your Funds then contact us via this email:(
as unique as you..........
Plot 13 Idowu Martins Street, Victoria Island, Lagos - Nigeria.
Web Account:
Head of International Operations,
Zenith Bank Plc - Nigeria.                      
Date: 7th September, 2012
From: Zenith Bank Plc - Nigeria.
Dear Sir/Madam
If you are ready to receive your Funds then contact us via this email:(
Subject: Irrevocable Release/Transfer Notice for your due funds (US$10,500,000:00).
Without taking much of your time, my name is Dr. Alex Bankole, the head of International Operations of Zenith Bank Plc.
This good news letter is to inform you that we have held a meeting with the American and British Government, Inter Pol and FBI.
The subject of this meeting held,  in Washington - USA is to eradicate the act of scam, extortion and funds delay which are presently significant with banks in Africa, London and Europe. In conclusion to this meeting, we (Zenith Bank Plc) have been appointed as the only financial institution that will pay all foreign beneficiaries whom have transactions with Nigeria and other African countries.
You are quite lucky to be contacted today by this respectable bank for the Release and Transfer of your intercepted funds valued US$10,500,000:00 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars only) which some greedy officials attempted to divert into a secret account in Switzerland. Presently, your fund is under the custody of this bank and we are ready to pay you immediately because our "Financial Monitoring Unit" (F.M.U) earlier discovered that this fund was about to be lodged into a different bank account contrary to yours.
Before we can transfer your funds into your own bank account, you must stop all further contact or communication with every other person or person(s) regarding your funds because it is only this bank that has the legitimate right and mandate to pay you accordingly without delay.
For your immediate payment kindly contact this bank immediately with this email:
Thank you for your basic understanding. We operate under the GLOBAL BANKING STANDARDS.
Officially Sealed by,
Dr. Alex Bankole
Head of Int'l Operations.
(Privacy Policy, Terms, Satisfaction and Banking Accuracy).
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