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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: "Robert Dickson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 01:04:16 -0700
Subject: Transaction Alerts

Funds Reconciliation Unit (IDCU)
Intercontinental Plaza
Danmole Street
Off Adeola Odeku Street
PMB 80150

Transaction Code: FSB26301 NG.

This notice is brought to you by the Intercontinental Debt Reconciliation/Audit Unit, this payment bureau was set up by the governing body of the united nations and world bank to discover all outstanding payment being owed to individuals through inheritance, pension funds & repayments on behalf of all other agencies. I am directed by the Bank Group delegates to bring this information to your notice because we discovered an outstanding payment/pending transaction in your name.

A special payment method has been designed to release all unclaimed payments to beneficiaries that are yet to receive their entitlements;hence the introduction of the VISA Dual Currency Card. The visa dual currency card is world bank's desire to provide convenient means of payment to its beneficiary regardless of where they may be. The card is an EMV chip & PIN compliant card acceptable in all ATMs and POS with VISA logo. The ATM card works effectively like other credit cards in the world that enables customers to access funds via atm's and online; so the bank is waiting for you to contact them regarding the release of your payment.

Please reconfirm your full details to enable us open up communication with you. If you are not aware of the above instruction, do respond to this email immediately with the information's below:

1 Your Full Names:
2 Your Home Address:
3 Your Home Telephone:
4 Your Mobile Phone:
5 Your Alternative E-mail Address:

We look forward to your urgent confirmation.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Dickson.
Resident Representative,
Funds Reconciliation Unit (IDCU)

(excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day). To ensure that we carry out your instructions accurately and to continually improve our service and in the interests of security, we hereby issue our "Transaction Code FSB26301-NG". Bear in mind that you will be required to indicate this code [FSB26301-NG] in any/all correspondence with this Payment Center by using it as your subject line for prompt attention to your mail.
Registered in England and Wales.
Authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
Registered office: 8, Canada Square, London, England, E14 5HQ.

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