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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: "Dale Christopher" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 14:30:56 +0100
Subject: Re: Up-Date

Dear Friend,

I was asked to contact you for the long awaited contract payment, kindly re-confirm your contact details to avoid sending this payment to a wrong person. A certain representative has submitted a different account not in your name for the overdue Contract/Inheritance part-payment of US$7.5Million as approved for this New Year.

This account was forwarded directly to the Governor’s desk by the acclaimed local payment representative named Mrs. Gloria S. Anderson as a personal friend from the United States.
This information came through a letter from the Senate Committee signed by the President Hon. David Mark replacing the existing address and Bank account with the National Debt Management Office.
Since all modalities for the funds transfer has been finalized, we therefore request you to confirm the authenticity of this account below in writing responding to this letter so that the bank can remit by electronic wire transfer without delay.

This remittance will be carried out through our corresponding Bank direct to the bank account as stated below:
Bank Name: CHASE
Bank Address: Cosumnes Branch, Elk Grove, CA 95758, U.S.A.
Ac/ Name: Stephen A. ZABALA
A/NO: 000002961301395
R/ Number: 322271627
Swift Code: CHASUS33
Please, confirm the receipt of this message immediately.
Dale Christopher.
Director- Foreign Remittance Dept.

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