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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 22:56:58 -0000

Royal Bank House,
71 Bath Street, St. Helier,
Jersey JE4 8PJ London

Date: 03th January, 2013
Our Ref: 332917/CS

>From The Desk of Adrian John Gill Chief
Executive Officer
The Royal Bank of Scotland International


Sequel to the above subject, we wish to inform you that the Royal Bank of Scotland is in charge of monitoring all lotteries payment in the custody of the entire lotteries in the UK. During our annual audit carried out December 2012, it came to our attention that your fund has not yet been paid out due to the fact that the people you have been dealing with were corrupt officials, and we noticed that you have been involve in a scam article.

We received the wining qualification documents from the lottery company that your email address and cell phone number were randomly select through a company balloting system drawn, more-so you were picked from your service provider company database as an active account user.

Your funds has been insured from third party applicant for security reason, following the UK insurance rules section 7 (S) pages 703. Failure to comply with this letter within fourteen days will result cancellation of your prize and will be transferred to the UK Government Treasury as unclaimed funds.

Contact your personal banker Mrs. Tracy Thompson the International Exchange Control Department for your cash prize immediately.

Royal Bank of Scotland (UK) Branch Manager: Tracy Thomson.
Tel: +442081335907, +447031963492, +447024047813, +447035905007, fax +448723529581.

Payment Information:
Payment Code: 03758/12
Payment Memorable Word: CHAPS TRANSFER
Claim Amount: £3,000,000.00 Great British Pounds

Royal Bank of Scotland is facing calls to make payments as soon as possible to customers affected by the UK lottery scam, as it admitted Royal Bank of Scotland branches would again be opened for extended hours on Monday-Friday open between 8am and 7pm and Saturday-Sunday open between 9:30am and 2:30pm.

This Corresponding letter is hereby confirmed and sealed, with real finality, as True and Accurate and we ceded to conduct our Auditing Authority to RBS from year 2012 and beyond with Automatic Reaffirmation and Approved.

Best Regards,
Adrian John Gill
Chief Executive Officer
The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited
Registered Office: P.O. Box 64, Royal Bank House, 71 Bath Street, St. Helier,
Jersey JE4 8PJ. Regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission.
Registered in Scotland No 90312.

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