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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: "SBLC" <>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 11:32:06 +0100
Subject: GOOD NEWS

Dear Sir/Ma We are direct to bank instrument providing house here in the UK=
that can MONETISE any issued bank instruments both fresh-cut and season in=
struments such as BG, SBLC, MTN, BANK DRAFT and LOAN from USD/EUR 10 Millio=
n - USD/EUR 10 Billion. We also assist our client with securing bank instru=
ment to finance their projects to collaterise investment loan from any AAA+=
rated banks. AND FRESH CUT BG/SBLC/MTN /MT103/BD/(bank draft)and seasoned =
starting from 10million minimum and10Billion maximum.If you are interested =
in any of our services, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be=
glad to assist you with your enquiry. Email We =
will appreciate your response Regards Miss Patricia Khan

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