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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: =?Windows-1252?B?SGVydukgTGFkc291cw==?= <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:16:52 +0000
Subject: Re: Update

Dear Friend,

for my late response, it’s due to the nature of my Job here in
Afghanistan . I received the mail you sent but I couldn't reply back
because my troops were camping at the border that makes it difficult for
me to check my mail. I have finally secured the money US$ 11,500,000.00 {Eleven Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars Only } as discussed only what I need is your
assistance for I am now ready to start transferring the funds to your
personal bank account.

I intend transferring the funds through Afghanistan International
Bank (AIB) for they do International Swift Transfer. I will be
transferring the funds Bit by Bit $500,000 per each transfer for
security reasons.I will scan and send copy of the Bank transfer payment
slip as soon as the funds is been transferred directly to your personal
Bank account.

You are therefore required to re-confirm your bank account details as below for immediate transfer of the funds.

* Full Name
* Bank Name
* Bank Account Number
* Name of the Bank Account Holder
* Routine No or Swift Code {If any}

* Personal Mobile Number

Please do not disclose this transaction
to anybody as to protect my duty. Remember, your share still remains the
same 30% out of the total US$ 11,500,000.00 {Eleven Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars Only }

Best Regards

Capt. Hervé Ladsous

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