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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: "Wellsfargo Bank"<>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:30:59 -0300
Subject: Online Banking Security Alert!!!

Online Banking Security Alert!!!
Dear Customer, Wells Fargo has been receiving complaints for un-authoris=
ed use of Wells Fargo Online accounts. As a result to this, we are making a=
n extra security check on all our Customers Account. In order to protect yo=
ur informations you are requested to confirm your details for the safety of=
your Accounts. Sign On and verify your informations. If you have questions=
about your account, please contact Wells Fargo Customer Service. Sign on t=
o secure your Account.. | Fraud Information Center

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