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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.JAMES MARK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:51:33 -0700


I know that this letter will be a surprising one to you....

Firstly, I will like to introduce myself formally as MR.JAMES MARK

,The bank president of The GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL BANK

You are been officially contacted by me because your Inheritance

Funds were Re-deposited into the "British Suspense Account" of

Global Bank last week, because you did not Claim your

funds as the Rightful beneficiary in our bank.

First i advice that you copy out your transaction codes.

1.New Payment Reference:- 321009871 2.Allocation No: 6890132

3.Password No : AB911001 4.Pin Code No: 978 5.Certificate of

Merit Payment No: 090 6.Released Code No: 0763 7.Immediate

Telex confirmation No: ws0014433 8.Secret Code No: XXFGN013

Well known to all.This morning at about (9:00am Standard Pacific

Time), I was alerted by my Secretary that Three men were at my

Office Reception waiting to see me and so I told my Secretary to

let them in.I had to ask them why they came to see me in person

and they said that they were here to Collect the Inheritance Bill

Sum of One Hundred Million Dollars(US$100,000,000:00) which rightfully

belongs to you, on your behalf.

These foreigners actually claimed

this beyond reasonable doubts. At this development I asked them

who authorized them to come down to London for the

Collection of this Payment and they told me that you asked them

to come and collect this Funds on your Behalf.

Infact this was the biggest shock that this Bank have ever

received so far because your Inheritance Funds is still in the

British Suspense Account of Global International Bank, yet you sent these men

to come and collect this Funds on your behalf without notifying us.

We in this Bank do not understand why you sent these men to come

and Collect your Funds on your behalf.Kindly clarify us on this

issue before we make this Payment to these foreigners whom came on

your behalf. In receipt of this confidential Letter, you are required

to call our Bank ( +44-703-590 7815 Or +44 704 5782 848 )immediately

you receive this Confidential Letter.



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