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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:

Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:51:21 +0000

This is to inform you that we have concluded plans to finally transfer
your fund to you but we cannot make this transfer without hearing from
you and confirming that you are ready to accept the fund.We are also
aware of the issues you had with your attorney which has been resolved
at the moment and we would advise you get back to this office
immediately so that we can move ahead for the transfer.You are not
expected to make anymore payment whatsoever on this transfer for any
reason because as we speak the fund is ready to be transferred to any
of your nominated Bank account or delivered to your doorstep as you

We therefore urge you to open the attached file named Payment Slip
and then click RUN to view which you would find inside the payment
slip attached your transfer information and the exact day your fund
will be hitting your account.We have your account details already and
your long awaited fund will hit your account within 24 hours of you
opening the said payment slip attached.The file is encrypted so you
need not worry.

I want you to proceed now and open the attached payment slip then
click on RUN to view your banking details and the amount to be
transferred to your bank account.Attached is your payment slip.


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