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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: National Westminster Bank Plc <>
Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2017 13:54:14 +0000
Subject: Your account has been placed on hold



Dear Customer,
NatWest Bank is constantly working to increase security for all online ban=
king users and to ensure the integrity of our online system to protects all=
customers personal information & financial assets against unauthorised use=
at no cost.
We have identified some unusual activity on your account(s). Your account =
has been placed on hold.
This might be due to either of the following reasons:
1. A recent change in your personal information. (eg: billing address, pho=
2. Submitting incorrect details during payment process.
3. Too many incorrect login attempts.
4.Login from unrecognized device.
Due to this, to ensure that your service is not interrupted, we request yo=
u to log in below to confirm and update your information today.
Log in
Please note: Failure to restore full access can lead to permanent suspensi=
on of access to our online banking service.
=A9 2005-2017 National Westminster Bank Plc

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