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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: "FirstbankNigeria" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:34:57 +0200


Dear valued customer,

we want to inform you that First bank internet banking has been updated so you are required to verify your internet banking immediately to avoid suspension of your internet banking. This verification will help to provide more efficient and convenient internet banking sessions to our customers, and it is compulsory that you must verify your internet banking details immediately to avoid service suspension.

Click here now to verify your internet banking account


Thank you for banking with us.

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