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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: "Alpha Private Bank London" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 21:23:23 -0800
Subject: Funds Transfer Valued US$5.5Million

             Funds Transfer Valued US$5.5Million
Attn: Fund Beneficiary ,
I wish to inform you that from the records of outstanding foreign payments due for release with bank's in Uk, America, Asia & Africa, your name and contact was discovered as next on the list of outstanding foreigners' payment which are still hanging on and who have not yet received their payments.
I wish to inform you today that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you re-confirm your details to us, so that we can authenticate the claim legally with Bank Of England In Affiliation With World Bank to Assist Individuals outstanding claims In The Settlement Of Disputes Through Our Alpha Private Bank Plc. London .
Also note that from our record the sum of US$5,500,000.00 (Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) has mapped out to be release to you .
Kindly re-confirm to us the followings:
1) Your Full Name.
2) Complete Address:
3) Direct Tel:
4) Direct Fax:
In receipt of the above information, your payment will be approved by the board of directors and paid to you by Wire Transfer to your designated bank account . You are advice to get back to me immediately you receive this mail for immediate payment release.
Note: Your payment is schedule to hold within 72 hours immediately you get back to me with the above mention requirement . You are adviced to contact me on the direct stated above number and E-mail Me, expecting your immediate response.
We look forward to hearing from you to enable us serve you better . Kindly call this number +44 7045788051 prior to your respond .
For and on Behalf of,
Alpha Private Bank, London .
Yours faithfully,
Mr. Evan Achilleos .
Head: Financial Controller Manager .
Alpha Private Bank Plc . London
Private Banking Department .

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