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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. Paulette Beal" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Paulette Beal" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:41:38 +0000 (UTC)

Though I don't know much about you and how will take this letter but I have tried to discuss with you on phone since I arrived London here in the morning today.

I was appointed to come to London by my superior Mr. Ban Ki-Moon and the World Bank President after considering much fraud/scam reports from the FBI and other Security agencies from Asia, Europe, Oceania, South America and the United States of America respectively, against the United Kingdom and the Federal Government of Nigeria. It is a shame that these two respected great nations have been in the forefront of scam related activities and the UN has vowed to eradicate this ugly virus completely and make the World a better place of living for all. Our intelligence report, reveals that the fraudsters and scam syndicates use London UK and Nigeria as their base and these evil perpetrators have rendered so many families useless and caused some people to take away their own lives after borrowing from friends and relations and failed to balance back as at when due because of their fake promises. Mrs. Inga-Britt an ex- UN member was sent to Nigeria Africa previously to tackle this problem but she compromised and failed. Instead of helping victims to receive their rightful entitlements, she betrayed them and joined the fraudsters, Sir Ian Blair of the London Metropolitan Police was retired before his time because he also compromised with the scammers to get money from fund owners illegally.
Since my arrival, I have met with the President of the IMF, Sir Oliver Blanchard, the London Metropolitan Police Commander 10, I have also met with the Accountant General of the Great Britain, the Barclay Bank London and some other bank executives and they have all endorsed the immediate release of your payment.
Sincerely, you are a lucky person because I have just discovered that some top London officials and Nigerian Government Officials are interested in your fund and they are working in collaboration with a foreigner Mr. Nelson Smith from USA to frustrate you and thereafter divert your fund to an already opened bank account in New York with this below information:
BANK NAME:.............. HSBC BANK U.S.A,BANK ADDRESS:........... 452 FIFTH AVENUES, NEW YORKABA NUMBER:............. 021001088SWIFT CODE:............. FIBBBJBJCREDIT TO:.............. FINANCIAL BANK,ACCOUNT NUMBER:......... 14524139649ACCOUNT NAME:........... ETS MOON EXPORT.
These people have presented this account number to the Barclay Bank and claimed that you gave them the authority to receive this fund on your behalf. Do respond to this message now and confirm to me if your UN approved compensation of £1,000000.00 ( One Million British pounds Sterling) should be released to these men as applied.
Waiting to hear urgently from you!!

Sincerely yours,Mrs. Paulette

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