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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:

Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 05:21:12 +0600
Subject: Re: Details of Our Investigation [Please Read Carefully]!!

Internet Advance Fee Fraud,
Fraud Alert Department,
United Kingdom.

C/O: Federal Bureau Investigations (FBI)
Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB)
International Monetary Funds (IMF)
All Security Agencies.


Re: Details of Our Investigation.

This is to inform you that after thorough Investigation reviewed of your
transaction record, your fund transfer release documents by the Federal
Intelligence of the Metropolitan Police Service {MPS} in conjunction with
the Department of Homeland Security {DHS} of United States of America,
National Security Agency {NSA}, The Economic Financial Crime Commission
{EFCC} of the West African Region and the International Monetary Fund
assessment report.

Your payment file was forwarded to us for conclusive investigation towards
the immediate transfer of a part-payment of $2,500,000.00 USD (Two Million
Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to be credited in your
designated Bank Account from their offshore account with the ROYAL BANK OF
SCOTLAND through the FEDERAL CREDIT UNION in London United Kingdom.

The Audit reports given to us shows that you have been going through hard
times with Thieves and Internet Fraudsters to the release of your fund,
which has been delayed by this dubious officials, thereby rubbing you of
your hard earn money and made you a Scam Victim. Be informed that few of
these Criminals have been caught and brought to justice.

Been the Federal Intelligence of the Metropolitan Police Service {MPS} in
conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security {DHS}, National
Security Agency {NSA}, The Economic Financial Crime Commission {EFCC} and
the International Monetary Fund {IMF} advice that you stop all further
communication with any individual or organizations outside this office, in
order not to put you in problems or end you up in JAIL for
misappropriation of fund.

For further details and assistance on this remittance notification, you
are advice to follow our directives and Instructions, as your payment will
be credited and reflect in your Bank Account within Five (5) Bank working
days, in this regards kindly forward the under listed information’s such

Your Full Name:
Your Full Contact Address:
Your Telephone:
Your Fax Numbers:

Directly to the Head, International Banking Division of FEDERAL CREDIT UNION.

Name on Seat: Bryan Hannah Ryder (Operations Manager)
Contact Email:
Tel: +44 704 579 1221

Yours sincerely,
For: Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
(MPS Commissioner)
Metropolitan Police Service
(Fraud Alert Department)

© Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime 2015

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