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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: Inter Signal Bank <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:49:17 -0700
Subject: Attention |::::| Inter Signal Bank

Inter Signal Bank
Europe, Worldwide
Accounting Department Services
Email :


Foreign Beneficiary

Greetings from Inter Signal Bank.We are sending this official letter to
inform you that your Payment file valued Direct Deposit transaction (
Ist/Ref No.14707874352208 ).

Herewith we are notifying you the deeply sorry to inform you of the
passing away of your dear friend, Miss Faith Koffi .She died after a
short illness, Records outstanding to a note in her safe Deposit Funds,
You are a dear friend to her and she had discussed transferring the
funds to your country some time ago, but unfortunately she later died,
you are the only next of kin stated in the Information she brought to
us before her death and that is why we are contacting you to claim your
funds as it is sitting dormant in our bank.

We have in our bank vault some funds amount of $ 1.2 Million {One
Million two hundred thousand United States Dollar} which was deposited
by her and it had your name as the Next of Kin to the funds Records
outstanding. the United Nations Government has passed an order that all
pending transactions should be completed and all dormant funds should be
remitted to the owners or returned to the Government as unserviceable
funds. You are to certify that the Bank Draft is not a Drug Affiliated
Fund {DAF} neither is it funds to sponsor Terrorism in your country.
This will help you avoid any form of query from the Monetary Authority
of your funds transfer to you in your country.

We urge you therefore to reply us with your information below:

{ 1 }. Full Name :

{ 2 }. Address :

{ 3 }. Country :

{ 4 }. Contact phone number with international format :

This is very urgent and you are hereby advised to re-confirm to this
office once again for security reasons. However, you shall require to
provide the followings data s, So that the funds can be transferred to
you immediately Once again we are deeply sorry for your loss and we pray
that the soul of the departed rest in perfect peace. Amen.

Thanks for banking with Us. while we looking forward to serving you with
the best of our service.


Inter Signal Bank
Europe, Worldwide
Accounting Department Services
Email :

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