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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: "Mr. JONA" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:52:41 -0530
Subject: GOOD

This is officially to notify you that We have received a payment credit instruction from the World Bank Swiss to credit your account with your full unpaid contract, inheritance and lotto winning fund of US$10.5 Million. We the Alliance Trust PLC has taken up the mantle to advocate on your interest for the release of your fund over delayed payment.
I hereby acquaint you with the procedure for the release and transfer of this approved payment fund to you. You are required to furnish to us the under mentioned statutory requisites to enable my office commence actions.
{1}. Your Full Name and Address...../{2} Tell Cell..../{3}Occupation / {4}Marital Status:
Be informed that transfer will commence immediately we hear from you with the Needed information. Once more, Alliance Trust PLC will not hesitate to credit your account within 24hours in accordance with Fund release order regulations.
Finally, I want you to know that all modalities has been put in place for the successful transfer of your contract/inheritance and lotto winning fund of US$10.5 Million into your bank account,
Yours faithfully, Mr jonathan britton

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