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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr.Jack Petersen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 04:17:30 -0400
Subject: Your Pending funds with Clydesdale Bank Plc!!!

Clydesdale Bank Plc
Address: Quayside House,
110 Quayside,Washington,DC United States
Phone:(202) 930-3297
Dear Sir,
I am Mr. Jack Petersen, Director allocation department from the Clydesdale Bank Plc of Washington,DC. My office
monitors and controls the affairs of all banks and Financial institutions in Washington,DC concerned with foreign claim payments. I am the final signatory to any transfer or remittance of huge funds moving within banks both on the local and international levels in line with foreign claim settlements. I have before me list of funds, which an incoming payment slated to your account? in your name has been blocked and this transaction cannot be completed due to errors present in your account information's, which was programmed on our wire transfer diskette.
Therefore, we have temporarily suspended the transfer from performing future transactions, until we verify and
confirm the banking details which will enable us fix this problem immediately and wire the funds to your account
without any delay or obligations required whatsoever.
My conditions:
1. The sum of USD$459,000.00 only will be transferred into your account after the processing of all relevant legal
documents with your name as the bonafide beneficiary, the transfer will be made by telegraphic Transfer (T/T),
confirmable in 24 Hours working days.
2. This deal must be kept secret forever, and all correspondence will be strictly by email / telephone, for
security purposes.
3. There should be no third parties as most problem associated with your fund release are caused by your agents
or representative.
4. Note that after the successful completion of this transaction, you and I will have a fair share of the fund
which i am entitled to $59,000.USD while your share shall be $400,000.00USD upon receipt of the funds in your
If you AGREE with my conditions, then i will advise you on what to do immediately so that the transfer will commence
without delay as I will proceed to program your name and your bank details on the Payment schedule instantly to meet
the 24 hours mandate.
Hoping to hear from you as soon as possible.
Yours sincerely,
Mr.Jack Petersen
Managing Director
Clydesdale Bank Plc
Phone:(202) 930-3297

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