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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2016 12:57:03 -0400
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.

Respectively, 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.

Kindly note that Your payment file was forwarded to us for conclusive investigation towards the immediate transfer of a part-payment of $1,000,000.00 USD (One Million United States Dollars) to be credited in your designated Bank Account from their offshore account with the ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND through the ALPHA BANK LTD 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 robbing 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 informationís such as,

Your Name in Full:
Your Full Contact Address:
Your Tel/Mobile No:
Your Fax Numbers:

Directly to the Head, International Banking Division of ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP.

Name on Seat: Bryan Hannah Ryder (Operations Manager)
Contact Email:
Tel: +44 701 117 2863

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

© Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime 2016

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