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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:

Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:27:42 -0500
Subject: Let's Invest Together Project

Greetings, =

My Name is Bill Winters, the Group Chief Executive Director of Standard C=
hartered Bank London, I am very interested to be in partnership with you in=
any project of your choice and in any country of your choice and I will ma=
ke available any amount of capital / Funds The sum (#=A3#55, 500, 000, 00 M=
illion GB {Pounds#) that will be required for any Projects or Venture/Rea=
l Estates and Energy and Mining . This sub sequential amount has been plac=
ed in an escrow call account for onward transfer for any kind of investment=
s /projects you wish. With your adequate co-operation, this transaction wil=
l only take working days to be duly and successfully executed. Is rest assu=
red that my personal attorney has already put in place an MOU (Working Agre=
ement 40) and will also process every legal backing documentations to place=
the capital / Funds in your Name or company Name for immediate and onward =
transfer to your presented bank account, which I will personally take care =
of both the vetting/ keying process, I wait for your urgent response for fu=
rther information. In course of this transaction, there are practically no =
risk involve because It has been programmed to be a bank-to-bank transfer. =
Please this is very confidential /classified transaction please. I will app=
reciate your timely response.
Thank you Yours Truly.
Bills winters
Group Chief Executive Director
Standard Chartered PLC.
Phone: +44 7452 1593 90

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