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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. Frank Woodward" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 17:14:25 +0530
Subject: Re; ALIVE OR DEAD?

Please do you know Mr. Rick Jones because he brought this account to
transfer your fund that you are dead so please if we don’t hear from
you at this moment we will know that is true and we shall give you the
full details as soon as we hear from you today.

They have also forwarded this bank account below as the new account
that will receive this money.

Bank: Hang Seng Bank,Bank Address: 83 Des Veoux Road , Central - Hong Kong
Account Name: Rick Jones,Account Number: 235-325172-882,Bank Code:
024,Swift Code: HASEHKHH

Yours In Service,
Mr. Frank Woodward
Remittance/Foreign Operation Manager

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