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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: MAIL INFO <>
Reply-To: MAIL INFO <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:06:22 +0000 (UTC)

To Whom It May Concern


We are sending this official letter to inform you that your Payment file valued at US$2.8 Million was successful recovered and through our investigations we find out that you has made some unnecessary Expenses which was not recognized because you go through with the fake office and our authorities was not aware.

However you were lucky to be in our list because we have other reporters but their file wasn't found therefore after the meeting held this morning with the Ministry of Finance we have concluded / terminate to release your fund through RBI Foreign Remittance Unit as agreed with the Board of Directors.

Therefore contact the Foreign Remittance Unit Reserve Bank of India RBI to handle your transaction accordingly:

Contact person: Mr. Allen Wilson
Foreign Remittance Unit
Contact Emails: (
Phone: +919654256536

NOTE: You are required to provide the following data’s to them:

Name of Account Holder
Name of Your Bank
Address of Your Bank
Your Account Number
Routing Number
Swift Code

Your direct contact phone number
Your Personal details

Kindly acknowledge the receipt of this email and contact the bank immediately.

Yours sincerely
SIR. Mukesh Sunil

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