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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: "Stark Holdings" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:42:12 -0800

Dear Beneficiary
This is to inform you about your unclaimed fund that was sent from US Treasury account to our bank on your name,your outstanding payment of $8.5 million is right here in our Stark Holdings Bank,as soon as we hear from you today to claim back your fund,you shall create an account online with us which you will be given a special code to set up your personal account online with us,after setting up this account,your fund shall be transfer immediately into this Stark Holdings account on your name.
Here is the contact information of remittance Officer:
Remittance Officer:Mrs. Linda Duncan
Kindly contact them today so that your fund could be processed for transfer Immediately.
NB:Kindly also get back to me once you contacted them today,do have a blessed day ahead.

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