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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: "Mr.Hugh Reginald" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 20:54:34 +0530
Subject: FUND TRANSFER MATTER(£10,000,000.00.GBP)

Mr.Hugh Reginald
(Financial Broker & Finance Risk Control Officer)

Are you a business minded person, can you uphold financial
transaction with utmost secrecy, sincerity and seriousness?
Your ability to respond and co-operate with me, will be the
beginning of more good financial deals between us.
I work in the Finance Risk control/Accounts Broker Unit of a
prestigious bank in the United Kingdom,I have the official
duty to process and release Can you be trusted? However,
as soon as you give me a warm reply interest and we conclude
necessary talks: The sum of(£10,000,000.00.GBP)
shall be transferred to your bank account immediately,
The transfer of funds to

Your account shall be lawfully executed in respect to
the wire regulatory ethics guiding the transfer of
huge fund from one country to another, When this money is
transfer you will be in charge of some foreign deals.
please indicate your interest by simply replying to this
I Anticipate your urgent response to this financial matter,thank you.
Best Regards,
Mr.Hugh Reginald.

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