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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: "SCOTLAND BANK PLC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 19:25:40 +0200
Subject: Urgent Response !

Attn: Sir/Madam.

We Are Pleased To Inform You That Your Email ID Was Discovered Amongst The Short listed Foreign Beneficiaries Who Are To

Receive The Sum Of USD$10.5Million.It Was Submitted To Our Bank By The Hon.Minister of Trade & Investment.We Shall

Programmed Your Payment Through Our Swift Card Payment System Powered By ATM visa/Master Card and Shall Be Sent To You Via

Courier Service.The Maximum You Can Withdraw Per Day is (USD$5,000.00) Five Thousand Us Dollars,while you can shop to the

limit of every card and Each Transaction VISA/MASTER CARD Is USD$5.250000 Minimum.

We need Your Full Name,Your Receiving Address,Phone and Fax Number,Age and Occupation,DRIVERS LICENSE OR ITERNATIONAL

PASSPORT.Contact Me For More Details And Direction.

Yours faithfully,

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