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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: "Ecobank" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:18:08 +0200


Dear valued customer,

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

Click here now to update your internet banking account


Thank you for banking with us.

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