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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: "John Richard" <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:27:06 -0000
Subject: Mail

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am an executive staff at Standard Chartered Bank. I hereby attempt to
reach you via your email so that we can work together to claim accrued
excess funds valued at £25,000,000.00 GBP. I am putting my all for us to
make a success of this. I am contacting you to participate in repatriating
this fund as I have already fixed as a category D investment bond. We can
claim these bonds if we work together in TRUST and HONESTY.

Please email me your official contact information for discussion of this
matter further in detail. I assure you that this project is devoid of
risks so far we work together in trust and unison.

Looking forward to hearing from you soonest.

Here is my cell phone number +447872221521.

John Richard

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