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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: "" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:26:20 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Information from Standard Chartered Bank PLC, London

Standard Chartered Bank PLC,
My personal Tel: +44 79 374 224 04
My personal email:


My Name is Peter A Sands; the group chief executive director of Standard
Chartered Bank London, here is my profile click the linkhttp://www.
standardchartered com/en/about-us/ourpeople/

I wish to transfer and invest funds in your organization and country on the
share ratio of 30% for you and 70 % for me.

I discovered that my branch in which I am the Chief Auditor had Fifty Five
Million Five Hundred Thousand G B Pounds (15,500.000.00 GBP) of which no
body/staff or director is aware of and will never be aware of, I have also
PLACED this fund on ESCROW CALL ACCOUNT without Beneficiary.

As the Group Finance Director, I cannot be directly connected to this money
thus I am compelled to request for your assistance to receive this money into
your bank account.

I will compensate you with 30% as gratification while 70% will be for me.
Please if you accept my offer, kindly response to my request as soon as

In course of this transaction, there are practically no risk involve because
it will be a bank-to bank transfer. Please this is very confidential
transaction please.

Note that I had made good arrangement to move the total fund out of UK as you
reply so that all good plans to transfer the fund to you will work out smoothly
without any question.

I will appreciate your timely response

With Regards,

Mr. Peter Sands (+44 79 374 224 04)

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