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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: "Mrs.Petra Villegas" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Petra Villegas" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 01:53:19 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Approval Order With Release Code: FBI/3480/02/00

 Attn. Dear Valued Customer

It is my pleasure to inform you that the latest development regarding  
the news from the President of United State of America (Barrack Obama)  
to release all foreign transaction without any further delay.The  
United Nations in conjunction with Federal Investigation Department /  
The U.S.A Government do here by give this irrevocable Approval Order  
With Release Code: FBI/3480/02/00 to release your fund valued  
$10.500.000 US dollar to you through Financial Bank of West African  
States Benin Republic.

Contact the below person who is in position to release your fund into  
your destination bank account within 48hours, Director General  
Mr.Richard Pallmall, Foreign Remittance Financial Bank of West African  
States Email ( ) Phone :(+229) 685 495 09,  
you are require to forward the below information?s to them to avoid  
Transfer your funds to a wrong person.

(1)Your bank name ________
(2)Beneficiary name __________
(3)Your account number: ________
(4)Routing number: _______________
(5)Your bank address: _______________
(6)Your home address: _______________
(7)Your age and occupation ___________
(8)A copy of your _______________
(9)Direct Phone Number____
(10) Your home number __________
(11)Your Email address _________
(12) Your Country __________

Please forward the following information?s to them now in there email  
I Gave to you and let me know when you do so and also when you receive  
your funds in your bank account, also the beneficiary will be  
responsible for the transfer fee.

Be informed that we have paid the bank for the open of a new account  
fee and they are waiting for you now to transfer your money directly  
into your nominated bank account in your country and you will receive  
your fund from Financial Bank of West African States. Please make sure  
you don?t make any mistake with that information so that they will not  
transfer your Funds to a wrong person ok.

I Wish You Good Luck.

Best Regards
Mrs.Petra Villegas

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