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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: "Payment notification" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 09:43:53 +0530
Subject: Re: Your Outstanding Payment notification 2017

Re: Your Outstanding Bill Payment notification 2017

How are you doing today? I am Pleased to inform you that we have made arrangement with bank of America to release your payment sum of $3.3 Million dollars, right now your payment files has being transfer to BOA Bank for immediate attention. In a nutshell, Charles Bloom of Bank of America will assist you, ensuring that you receive your payment as soon as possible therefore contacts him through under mentioned email address:

Meanwhile, I got a surprising message this morning stating that you are dead, that you died last week of ghastly motor accident, I do not believe the story because an attempt has been made severally to divert this funds since approval for payment into another account but I always decline to append my signature hence this message to you.

However, Kindly reconfirm your full names, home/office address and mobile phone number and identify card for clarification and verification. Address to above named person.

William White

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