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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: "Richard Lewis" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2016 15:46:51 +0100
Subject: Regarding your Bank Draft

Longest time, I hope all is well with you. Well, sorry to hear this news
and understand that the fault is not from me. I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from United Kingdom.
Presently I am in UK LONDON for investment projects with my own share of
the total sum. I didn't forget your past efforts; at least I used your
name to start the Claims process with the bank. But you could not
participate actively because of circumstances beyond your control.
Since it is no fault of yours I hold nothing against you.Therefore, in appreciation of your effort I have raised a Bank Draft of US$600.000.00 in your favor as compensation to you for using your name during the Claims process.
Contact Mr. Victor Amand by replying this email.) ask him to send the Bank
Draft to you. Bear in mind that the money is in Bank Draft, not cash, so you need to send to him your full name and address where the Bank Draft will be delivered to you, including your cell phone number.
Finally, I left explicit instructions with Mr. Victor Amand to send the
Bank Draft to you by Courier immediately you contact him.
Contact him immediately you receive this letter.
NAME : Victor Amand
Please call me on my phone number: + 44 705 3833661 to confirm receipt
of Bank Draft.
Warm regards,
Richards Lewis

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