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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 00:02:17 +0800

Hallfields International Bank
United States Of America
Our ref: hallfieldsn/45
Director, foreign operations department
Mr. Daniel L. Glaser
Tel:  +1 (321)-248-8473
Attention beneficial:
Greetings to you and your household, I hope my letter meets you well and seeing this email message would be a surprise to you but kindly read it carefully and you will understand the reason why i am contacting you for this purpose. However, this correspondence is official and private, and it should be treated as such.
I also guarantee you that this is hitch free from all what you may think of because we are authorize by the debt reconciliation unit, to investigate the unnecessary delay on your payment, recommended and approved in your favor. During the course of our investigation, we discovered with dismay that your payment has been unnecessarily delayed by corrupt officials of the bank and government regulatory organs in Africa who are trying to divert your funds totalling the tune of $1,650,000.00 into their private accounts.
Be advised that we are mandated to release your overdue payment to you without any delay through an online banking processed transfer as swift as possible.
You are hereby advised without delay to stop all contact going on between you and anybody on the internet over the claim of your funds because you will end up at nothing with them as they have no fund for you and you must understand that we are here to ensure that you receive your fund without any further delays, you are therefore adviced to adhere our instructions and contact for the claim of your funds.
Below is the registration information of your fund
Fund reference code: unap 563eus, registered tag: unzefcb79268, security code: scun/2017/90363/, transaction code 8563/tcuneu/9563/56253/, certificate deposit code: cdcun/eu673/iedd/-09/16, deposit certificate n0: 735642
We expect your urgent attention to this email to enable us send you the pin numbers and password for you to have access with your payment via online banking payment effectively. Most importantly we advise you to keep this information strictly to yourself because we are going to send the pin and password through this same method of communication.
A copy of any Government issued I.D is required for this process, also note the below listed information;
Your first name:
Your middle name:
Your last name:
Your address:
Your occupation:
Marital status:
Date of birth:
Next of kin:
Tel number:
Mobile number:
Private e-mail:
Thank You for your cooperation. We look forward to serving you better.
Daniel L. Glaser
Director, Foreign Operations Department,
Hallfields International Bank.

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