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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: "Patrick Sullivan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 02:22:27 +0200
Subject: GOOD NEWS

Message body
Standard Chartered Bank,
1 Basinghall Avenue,
London, EC2V 5DD

Attn: Honourable beneficiary

We have been instructed to transfer to you, the sum of USD10.5million placed in an escrow account by the world bank, for settlement of your outstanding contract/inheritance fund.

Please kindly re-confirm your account information and send us your id card for us to be sure that we are paying the right person.

Call me on the phone as soon as you receive this email and please respond immediately to enable us proceed with the transfer of the fund as scheduled.

Yours sincerely,
Patrick Sullivan,
Financial Controller,
Standard Chartered Bank,
1 Basinghall Avenue,
London, EC@V 5DD
Tel: +447031976044

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