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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: "Ambassador Terence P. McCulley" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 23:41:11 +0400
Subject: Are you dead or alive

Attention: Sir/madam,
I am Ambassador Terence P. McCulley USA Ambassador to Nigeria, Did you instruct Mrs Glenda F Ward to claim your fund worth $7.000.000, Below is the bank account information provided by Mrs Glenda F Ward, saying that you authorized her to claim your fund that you are terminally ill.
1. BANK NAME: Newport Federal Bank.
2. BANK ADDRESS: 170 West Broadway, Newport, Tennessee 37622-0249, USA.
3. ACCOUNT NAME: Glenda F Ward.
4. ACCOUNT NUMBER: 3500273200.
5. ROUTING NUMBER: 264271617.
To effect the release of your fund valued at $7million dollars you are advised to contact the director of payment international transfer officer Pastor.Bright Sutton with the information below.
Name: Pastor Bright Sutton
phone number : + 234-701 189 7425
Kindly get back to me as soon as possible so that i will direct you what to do.
Sincerely Yours
Ambassador Terence P. McCulley

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