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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: "Carol Lagarde" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:59:07 -0800
Subject: Remittance approval notice.

Happy new year!
I hope you had a splendid holiday season. My name is Carol Lagarde - Director, Portfolio for Access Private Bank UK. The Board of the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs hereby brings you notice of the release approval, for 20% of your compensation / inheritance payment, of Seven Million and Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars ($7,750,000.00). 20% of this amount is exactly $1,550,000.00; which is all we have been approved to wire to you, by daily installments, via Western Union Money Transfer. The balance of $6,200,000.00 will be wired directly to your bank account; after you must have had enough money, to pay the necessary transfer costs and taxes (using some of the money we would already have sent to you, via Western Union).

After a meeting was held on Thursday, 12th of January 2017, his excellence Mr. Alan Duncan - the current Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, instructed the Western Union Money Transfer remittance unit of Access Private Bank UK, to without any delays whatsoever, commence the remittance of 20% of your compensation payment; as mentioned above. Therefore, we are about to release to you, the sum of One Million and Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars ($1,550,000.00).

Please take note. You are required to promptly contact the impact and communications department of our institution; so they can swing your transfers to immediate action. You will be corresponding with the director of this department, on the information provided below;

Mr. Daniel Whitmarsh
Impact and Communications department
Access Private Bank UK

Please, do let me have all the details of your correspondence with the impact and communications director; as I will be submitting intermittent reports, directly to the secretary of the Minister of State, for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; as soon as you have started receiving your payments. Congratulations in advance.

Mrs. Carol Lagarde,
Director, Portfolio
Access Private Bank UK
United Kingdom.

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