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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: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:53:38 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Pickup fund/ Payment Aproval. 20mins Pickup code: USA*25413HBJ*

Attention Please.

With all due respect, we receive the email that you sent, we are very sorry for the email, Your have to understand that your fund is $200.000.00 United states dollars, Please note that you only have today to make the requested payment of $36 for your activation of this code: USA25413HBJ & quick pickup this morning, so that we can get your payment aproval documents without any further delay again. Please forward us your home address/ direct telephone number so that we can call you as soon as we process every things by today without any further delay again. I want you to understand that the fee for this is $36, to provide you a normal payment aproval slip , and i have been with the office of the director where they can get the document. Please you have to send it today so that we can get things done without any further delay again. Below is the details to send the money by Western Union or money gram Only.

Receives Name:--------Ifeanyi C. John
Country:--------- Benin Republic
City/state:--------- Cotonou.
Question:--------- How many Mins?
Answer:-------- -20mins
Amount:--------- $36

As soon as you send the fee, try to forward us the payment details today so that we can proceed without any delay again. Waiting for the mtcn. Please note that as soon as you can send this fee today, you can go to any of your nearest bank you chooses for withdrawing. again today is the last day, so you have to hurryup to make sure that you send this fee today without any further delay again, Please note that one this fee is sent this morning, you will be able to pickup your payment today before 20mins.

Waiting to hear from you soon.
All the best
Eric Lee
Bank of America.

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