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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: "Lloyds TSB U.K" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:35:08 -0800
Subject: Lloyds Account/Bond Liquidation.


Lloyds TSB Offshore
Registered Office:
25 Gresham Street London,
EC2V 7HN,United Kingdom.



You are cordially informed that a Vincent Odipo Charity Trust Fund
Bond of 76,000,000 USD has been deposited in our reputable bank in a
trust account and to enable these bonds be liquidated and allocated to

You are required to open an on-line account with our bank and provide
a copy of your International Passport or Driver's License to activate
your account for deposit and transfer purposes.

Note: You have less than 48 hours to apply for your account to enhance
the liquidation of this Charity Bonds as demanded by the banking policy
of the bank, so get back to me with your personal details, so the
website of the bank can be sent to you to proceed with the on-line


Thomas Richardson
Lloyds TSB U.K

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