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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: "Harold mulenga" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:30:34 +0300

To whom This may Concern,
I am Mr.Harold Mulenga of the new branch of EH national bank in London United Kingdom.
I was appointed this year after the resignation of the last HOD due to old age and a domestic mistake which led to fire outbreak in this office. As the new HOD i want to make sure all pending and undone transactions and transfers are finished,
this is the mandate given to me by the Management of this bank.
Please i would need you to comply with and adhere strictly to my instructions and ask any questions if need be. To enable me review and re-process your files, please you will need to reconfirm and get back to me with the required details below as
lots of files where destroyed during the fire incident and only the email addresses of beneficiaries were left in the drive stored in the computer.
All paperworks and hard files were destroyed so please get back to me urgently as i have limited time to get this transfer done. On the data, it states that the beneficiaries are to receive Two Million Five Hundred and eighty Five thousand Pounds
These are the informations i'll need as your email is the only informayion i have for now.
Full Names:
Direct line Contact Phone Numbers:
Country of residence and nationality:
Marital Status:
Next of Kin:
These information's ae required for me to re-file in your details and begin transfer procedures. I cannot stress how confidential this is as we do not want any surprises from criminals.
I will be looking forward to hearing from you urgently, have a nice day.
Yours Sincerely,
Mr.Harold Mulenga(HOD).

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