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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: "General Frank Coyle" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:16:05 +0300

Ministry of Finance (HM Treasury)
Financial Services Authority (FSA)
Financial Intelligence Unit
United Kingdom.
Reference Release Code: GNC/3480/02/10
Tel: +447-0240-33430
Date: 30-04-2013
Kind Attention: My Good Friend
I am General Frank Coyle, Bill and Exchange Manager/ Secretary General, Head of the World Finance Group United Kingdom, set up to fight against scam and Fraudulent activities worldwide.
The HM Treasury is responsible for investigating the legitimacy of unpaid contract, inheritance and lotto winning claims by Companies and individuals and directs the paying authorities (banks) worldwide to make immediate payment of verified claims to the beneficiaries without further Delay.
You are being legally contacted regarding the release of your long awaited fund. After a detailed review of your file, the World Bank Group has mandated that your fund should be release immediately.
The total sum of US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars) has been approved in your favor via my desk. I therefore wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this e-letter.
Please re-confirm the following Info :
(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Phone, Fax and Mobile Number:
(3) Company Name, Home Address:
(4) Profession, Age and Marital status
Note: The above fund has been cleared from terrorist or fraud related activities you only need to contact and comply to some legal modalities and payment release discrepancies .
Thanks for Your Co-operation .
General Frank Coyle.

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