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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: "CIMB" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 11:28:59 +0100
Subject: Re: Instruction To Credit Your Account

Attention: INSTRUCTION TO CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT WITH THE SUM OF (US$1.6 Million United State Dollars)

This is the second time we are notifying you about this said fund.

After due vetting and evaluation of your Inheritance file which The United States National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) in conjunction with the Ministry Of Finance Of the Federal Republic of United States Forwarded and contracted us to see to your immediate payment of the sum of US$1.6 Million United State Dollars from their Offshore Account with us.

We were meant to understand from our findings that you have been going through hard ways by paying alot of charges to see to the release of your fund (US$1.6 Million United State Dollars),which has been delayed. Which has been the handwork of some miscreant elements from United States.

We advice that you stop further communication with any correspondence from United States.Your representatives in United States will tell you to still go ahead with them but on your own risk.

The only thing required from you is the below information to enable us to take further procedure with your fund transfer.

(1)Full name:

Should you follow up our directives, your fund will reflect in your account within three Bank working days from the day you provide the required information.

Do not go through anybody again but through this Bank if you really want your fund.

NOTE: Please send your information to us via this mail:

Transfer Department
Address:2nd Ave Preah Norodom Blvd,

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