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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: "SC Bank" <>
Reply-To: "SC Bank" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 06:31:38 -0500
Subject: URGENT

Good day,
Your partner keep sending us letter that you can't come to United Kingdom to sign your funds release, we have also receive letter from your partner who have given us date of coming to United Kingdom to sign collection of your funds.
Without your present, the funds will not be release to anyone. Make a date and come to United Kingdom.
Your funds have long over due stayed in our security vault room which is attached on the link:
If you are having problem to view the pictures on the link then we will resend to you via attached email.
USD$1,000,000.00 million have been transfer to your partner account successfully which the transfer officer is facing problem with the board of management.
I don't know how you got the total USD$5,000,000.00 million on your name which is not my business but we can't allow your partner to continue transferring your funds without your present or permission.
For and on Behalf of the SC Bank And
United Overseas Bank Group
19 Great Winchester St, London EC2N 2BH United Kingdom
Tel: +44 7031975765

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