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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: "Dr. Steven Wood" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. Steven Wood" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:58:23 +0000 (UTC)

Your Kind Attention:

  I was moved  to contact you because of the prevailing financial report reaching my office today as the new  Director International Remittance Department Clydesdale Bank Plc, (CBP) In respect to the Provision Act of Degree 114 of the 1999 Constitution, I am directed to inform you that your long overdue payment verification and confirmation has been approved,therefore, we are glad to inform you that arrangement is in progress to effect your payment as soon as possible, in line with presidential directive on foreign fund payment.

In pursuance to the realization of the above, a meeting was held with board of directors of (CBP) and the Ministry of Finance for immediate payment of your fund upon reconfirmation of your details.

Meanwhile a woman came to my office today with a letter claiming to be your representative sent by you to come and claim your funds, please confirm if this woman is from you, so that our bank would not be responsible for wrongful or diversion of your payment into a wrong account, her name is (Mrs. Judith Taylor) California USA.

This process can be completed earliest we receive your swift response and your direct working telephone Number for  easy communication.

Best Regard's.
Dr.Steven Wood.
The Director International Remittance Department
Clydesdale Bank Plc (CBP) Scotland United Kingdom.

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