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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, 20 May 2013 11:20:16 +0200


Attention Please.
With all due respect, we receive the email that you sent, we are very
sorry for the email for the late reply, Please note that you only have
today to make the requested payment of $45 for your quick pickup this
morning, so that we can get your payment aproval documents without any
further delay again. Please forward us your home address/ direct telephone
number so that we can call you as soon as we process every things by today
without any further delay again. I want you to understand that the fee for
this is $45, to provide you a normal payment aproval slip , and please note
that as soo as you can send this $45 this morning, you will receive your
fund in any nearest bank of your choice within the next 10mins. Please send
us the bank of your choice address as soon as you are sending us the
payment information and i have been with the office of the director where
they can get the document. 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.

Receives Name:--------Ifeanyi Chukwu John
Country:--------- Benin Republic
City/state:--------- Cotonou.
Question:--------- How many Mins?
Answer:-------- -10mins
Amount:--------- $US45

As soon as you send the fee, try to forward us the payment details today so
that we can proceed without any delay again. Waiting for the mtcn.Please
note that as soon as you can send this fee today, you can go to any of your
nearest bank for withdrawing within the next 10mins we receive the payment
details. again today is the last day, so you have to hurryup to make sure
that you send this fee today without any further delay again.

Waiting to hear from you soon.
All the best
Eric Lee
Bank of America.

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