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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: "Robert M. Beall" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:12:52 +0100

This is to notify you that your US$3.8million has been deposited with
Access Trust Bank Plc in Barnesville, Georgia on your behalf as
compensation/ accrue interest of the money you lost in scam.
You are hereby advice to contact Access Trust Bank Plc For your online
bank account details, and make sure you abide with their instructions
and do provide them with every detail they may ask of you, to enable
them finalize your online wire transfer (OWT) particulars in order for
you to start transferring your Funds to any designated bank account of
your choice.
AMD: Robbie Tenney
MD: David Johnson
308 Thomaston Street
Post Office Box 340
Barnesville, Georgia 30204
Fax: 530-690-8021
You're Faithful
Robert M. Beall

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