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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: "Katherine Lloyd" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:41:01 -0400
Subject: Instructions to credit your bank account with US$980,000.00

Dear Sir,

We are not sure you received our previous message but we wish to congratulate and inform you that after thorough review of all unclaimed lottery prize money,
inheritance and contract funds in conjunction with the United Nations and World Bank's auditors assessment report, your payment file was forwarded to us
for the immediate transfer of the above quoted part-payment amount of US$980,000.00 to your bank account from their offshore account with us.

The audit reports given to us shows that you have been going through hard times by paying a lot of money to certain groups of individuals and banks for the transfer of your funds, which has been delayed by some dubious officials.

We therefore advice that you stop further communication with any correspondence outside this office since you do not have to pay any money or fee to receive your
lottery prize money, inheritance or contract funds,etc as you have met up with the whole funds transfer requirements.

Should you follow our directives, your funds will be credited and reflect in your bank account within the next three (3) bank working days.

For further details on this funds transfer notice and to protect the confidentiality of your information,kindly send your TELEPHONE and FAX number to this email today.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs.Katherine Lloyd
Anti-Fraud Unit,Financial Conduct Authority
25 N.Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS,United Kingdom

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