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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. Maria Fatuma" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:59:41 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Communicate with the paying bank for Your $6.5M

We have received an instructional letter today from the office of the
presidency under the instruction of the USA Financial Services
Authorities asking us to conclude the crediting all outstanding funds
belonging to Foreign Beneficiaries without any delay with immediate
effect which this bank is simply following the instructions to ensure
all beneficiaries are paid without any delay as approved.

Your name and personal information,s reflected on our central computer
as an unpaid beneficiary of usd$6.5M by the Retired administrative of this
bank which is the reason we are contacting you so that you will be
paid without any delay.

Kindly Contact ZENITH BANK LTD
Payment Director::Mr.Frank Banglee
Telephone: +228 6899-3758
Fax: 0022-9612-00497

Kindly furnish your details: Full name,Home address,Phone numbers,Occupation
and Bank credential::

Information,s officer
For Mr. presidency
Mrs. Maria Fatuma

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