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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: "YORKSHIRE BANK LONDON" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 02:03:46 -0000 (GMT)
Subject: Good Day To You,

Tel No;+44 77000 14381,


In the course of our General Auditing and Account revision of this New
Year of the year 2013,we
discovered that the Bank Accounts belonging to some Benefactors have been
changed on the basis that
the owners have died some time last year or have given out an
authorization note of change of data.

After the investigations however, it was revealed that there are
Foreigners who are collaborating
with Retired Staffs to make these changes illegally without the knowledge
of the Bonafide
Benefactors and one traced to your own change is this Mr. Rick Jones who
said you are dead, hence
they have forwarded some documents of funeral service held for you so as
to stand for your fund.

They have also forwarded this bank account below as the new account that
will receive this money.

Bank: Hang Seng Bank
Bank Address: 83 Des Veoux Road , Central - Hong Kong
Account Name: Rick Jones
Account Number: 235-325172-882
Bank Code: 024
Swift Code: HASEHKHH

But we wanted to confirm if actually this is true and hence decided to
write to your email address
which after 3days from now and there is no response, we will then know
that you are dead indeed and
go on with the transfer.

If proved otherwise by you that you did not die, please forward to us all
the related Benefactors
particulars including your Telephone number,contact address.

These details from you will help to assist us reach a conclusion that you
are not dead. Anything
contrary to this claim will help us charge this man to court and prosecute
him while your fund will
be paid to you immediately without any further delay. You have to get back
to us on time for us to
commence legal proceedings against Mr. Rick Jones and his accomplices.

Yours Faithfully.
Mr. John Goodman.
Remittance/Foreign Operation Manager
Yorkshire Bank
London Uk

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