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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: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 09:12:45 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Your funds will be transfer.

Address: 100 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, North

Dear Sir,

First and foremost, this office wants
to use this medium to extend their warmest greeting to you for having
the courage to endure up till this moment because of the attitude of the
unscrupulous elements who has created a very bad reputation for the
Subsequent to the telex transmission advice we
received, this further indicates and granted that your funds will be
transfer from the stated dollars account to your destination bank
account. Please try all you can to reconfirm us your bank account so
that To receive your funds, you must open an account with us to deposit
your money .the minimum that would open this account is $39 to cover the
transfer made on the spot. This is in contrast to other financial
markets to take full advantage of the best exchange rates as the market
fluctuates so you will never put on hold or have to negotiate currencies
rates or pay any foreign exchange fees.
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 with the name of our accountant:
Name:--------Ifeanyi Chukwu John
Country:--------- Benin
City/state:--------- Cotonou.
What Color?
Answer:-------- -Blue

As soon as you send the fee, try to forward
us the payment details today so that we can proceed without any delay
again.  After you pay the opening of account fee and your new
account is activated and authorized for use than we will wire the
transfer as you wish. Please send us your full contact information. N/B:
Please dont forget to sebd us your full account details this morning so
that we can proceed immediately.

Waiting to hear from you soon.
 Thank you

 Dr.  Eric Lee
Senior manager, Foreign
Remittance (Bank Of

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