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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: "EQUITY CAPITAL BANK. (ECB.)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2013 10:03:57 -0800
Subject: Attention Outstanding Beneficiary / Re: Notification /View Your E-mail of Nov 2013

REF: ECB/IRD/CBX/751X109/013

Attention Outstanding Beneficiary / Re: Notification /View Your E-mail of Nov 2013

This is to notify you That your funds valued Twenty Four Million Five Hundred Thousand united states dollars (U.S. $24,500,000.00) has been released today to the Equity Capital Bank (ECB).

For your convenience, You Will Have to transfer Through Within 72hrs online by yourself to your local account.By of this method, You Will monitor the movement of the local funds online till your account is duly credits .

Re-confirm the following Information's immediately for payment approval:

1) Your Full Name.
2) Phone, Fax and Mobile #.
3) Address.
4) Profession, Age and Marital Status.
5) Copy of Int'l Passport, Driver's License, or any valid ID card.

Please quote this payment codes (FGN/ECB3124-FILE112-ECB) in all conversation or else you will not be recognized as a beneficiary/contractor with this Government and note any further message without my Identification or Passport Photograph should be disregarded to avoid any fraudulent hijack of information.

Kindly reply back to me and fill-out the form, and reply back to this very email address { }

Dr Peter Brown,
International Remittance Department
Equity Capital Bank (ECB)
+234 818 719 6701

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