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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: "Natwest Bank" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:44:09 +0200
Subject: Your fund transfer

NatWest Bank Plc,
# 74 Kingsland High Street,
London E8 2NT.
United Kingdom.

Dear Valuable customer,

In view of your new account information submitted by your agent from Germany (Mr. Alexander Shaydt) for the transfer of your fund, he is ready to comply with our transfer procedure. We wish to confirm the authenticity of your below bank account to enable us effect transfer Via electronic wire transfer to your new account within 48 hours upon your confirmation.

Our office desks have just received today a new bank account submitted by Mr. Alexander Shaydt, to transfer your Payment into a new address as stated below:

Bank name: Postbank
Bank address : Postbank in Essen. u. München 80318, (Deutschland) Germany.
Bank account number: 3467433
Account name: Alexander Shaydt
Address: Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 5. 94469, Deggendorf, Deutschland Germany

The Sum of $1.8 Million US Dollars (One Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) as your inheritance payment should be paid to Mr. Alexander Shaydt as your beneficiary. Kindly, confirm to us if you instructed Mr. Alexander Shaydt to claim your fund on yours behalf thereby asking that he receive fund as your Partner.

Finally, if you have not authorized Mr. Alexander Shaydt to claim your fund in our bank as your Partner, Kindly get back to us with the below listed information requested for verification and release of the fund to you without more delay.

You are now required to re-confirm to us the followings;

Your Full name:
Current address:
Telephone/Mobile #:
Bank account full details

You are advice to get back to us with the above Information needed from you and also confirm if you instruct any one to inherit or claim your fund on your behalf. As soon we receive the above details, you will be direct on how to get this fund release directly to you.

For your information, this office will not be held responsible for wrong transfer if you delay in complying with our directives.

Dr. William Owen
Operations Manager
Information Head Quarters

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