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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. Cecil Tremlines" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:14:47 +0600
Subject: Kind Attention

The IMF in conjunction with world bank solemnly assigned for the
compensation settlement unit and we are contacting you based on the
instruction to settle you from this I.M.F pet project. A vast sum of
$35,700,000 has been set aside for your settlement which will only be
out to you in person at any of our desginated banks in London, Belgium,
France, Hong Kong or Indonesia. There are no upfront payments/charges
aside from the administrative/processing fees paid ONLY in the bank
manager's office after filling out all the necessary papers works.

Kindly update us with the following details

1, Your full name
2, Your designated address
3, Your Phone numbers
4, Scan copy of your identification (International passport or drivers
5, Occupation and Age

Best Regards

Dr. David Mathews
700 19th Str., N.W
Washington D.C 20431 USA
Tel: +447053826674
Fax: +448435583008

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