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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. Derrick Cephas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:00:12 +0100
Subject: From : Mr. Derrick Cephas

A pleasant day to you,
This is to inform you that your previously approved part payment of US$2, 500, 000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) by the USA Department of Foreign Payment Management is about to be diverted by the President of Alpha Capital Bank-USA in the person of Mr. George Katsiaunis and his associates to their own private pocket.
However, they have fabricated lies to further tell you that your payment was previously canceled by the Federal Government and was being confiscated to the government treasury but that is all lies and you have been informed.
Sir, I was contacted last weekend by Mr. Norbert Gardner, who is a close associate of Mr. George Katsiaunis here in Texas Branch of Alpha Capital Bank-USA to be part of this arrangement but I said NO because it is not in my nature as a baptized Christian to take part in such arrangements, that's why I am contacting you.
However, they thought I can never find your contact details, therefore, they have concluded among themselves that there is no way I can bring their wicked arrangement to your notice. NOTE: This is a secret I just revealed to you, and I entreat you to wise in other to comprehend what further steps you should take now in other to be in control of your money.
However, to the best of my knowledge, the only obstacle preventing you now from transferring your US$2.5M part payment from your online bank account with Alpha Capital Bank-USA to your own choice bank account is Online Access Code (OAC)
Note: The processing and issuance fee of the said online access code @ Issuance Office of America as much as I know is below 2000$, and Mr. James Monroe of Rifle, Colorado is the coordinator @ Colorado office of the IOA, while Mr. Cyril Norbert Virnig is the coordinator @ Madison, Wisconsin office of the IOA.
Send me E-mail & Call me on (903-386-3522) for more details and help.
Yours faithfully
Mr. Derrick Cephas,

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