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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: "Access bank Nig Plc" <>
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2016 07:32:55 -0400 (EDT)


How are you today? Compliment of the day.

This is to notify you that we have program to pay you your outstanding payment through our online banking services with Access Bank plc Here in Nigeria. We shall open a new online account for you here which will cost you $120 only.

Please do remember that your fund Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($ 5.5 million) has over due to pay out with your interest so please if this new development is okay by you then get back to us immediately for proceedings

As we are going to effect your online banking service through Access bank plc. Immediately.

Yours Faithfully.

1.Full Name
2.Mobile Telephone number,
3.Age address/Country


Remittance / Foreign Operation Manager
Access bank plc

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