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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: "Mr.William Morris" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 06:46:28 -0800
Subject: Re: Your Fund Have Been Released.

Standard Chartered Bank
1 Basinghall Avenue
London, EC2V 5DD
United Kingdom

Attention Honorable Beneficiary

Re: Fund Release Instruction US$90,000,000 (Ninety Million U.S Dollar) From
Standard Chartered Bank London

Acting on our capacity as the international correspondent bank to the
International Monetary Fund and Central Bank of England, this is to officially
notify you that we have received a confirmation advice from the International
Monetary Funds External Auditors Committee and the Federal Reserve Bank of
America respectively via International Payment Voucher Number:
IMF/FRBWDC/BOA-93WB82UN567-G requesting our bank to direct the SCB London , a
subsidiary of the Federal Reserve Bank of America to disburse your due
inheritance and contract payment valued at US$90,000,000 (Ninety Million U.S
Dollar) in your favor

In consideration of the above, you have been issued with this Exclusive
Reference Identification Number (IMF/FRB-NY/9USXX10751/09), Vide Transaction
No.: WHA/EUR/202 and Transfer Allocation No.: FRB/X44/701LN/NYC/US, Password:
2236, Pin Code: 78569, Certificate of Merit No: 104, Release Code No: 0876;
Immediate FCMB Telex Confirmation No: -222568; Secret Code: XXTN014. Having
received these vital payment numbers, you are instantly qualified to receive and

confirm your fund into your Designated Bank account within the next 72hrs. All
necessary clearance has been granted from the International Monetary Funds
External Auditors to release the funds to you with immediate effect.

In view of this directive received from the International Monetary Funds (IMF)
and Central Bank of England , we have on our own part verified your payment file

as directed to us, and your name is next on the list of outstanding fund
beneficiaries to receive their payment at this final quarter of year 2012. With
that being done, you are required to urgently contact the SCB Reginal Head
office London to finalize the transfer into your Bank account.

We wish to inform you to also re-confirm the following information before the
SCB London will start the preliminary arrangements that will enhance the
immediate release of your funds. Please send me the below Information which I
will submit to the Transfer Department urgently to complete this transfer.

1) Full Name:

2) Full Address:

3) Your contact telephone

4) Occupation

5) Your Age

6) Country of Origin

I will expedite actions with the Bank to commence your fund transfer as soon as
you confirm and send me the requested detail Information , I assure you the
Inheritance /Contract fund will be released and transferred to your Bank account

as soon as possible.

Reply with my personal email stated here:

Yours faithfully

Mr.William Morris
Director of Debt Reconciliation

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