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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: Info <>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 20:06:47 +0100
Subject: Re: Funds remittance


Payment transfer advice notification. The sum of US$10,500,000.00 (Ten
Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) from United Nations
Compensation Commission (UNCC) in conjunction with International
Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) with local
siftAcks-314D02826300-789700142, 11:26:21 GMT +1000. You have to
immediately contact Mr. Portman C. Mark, BANK OF AMERICA , New York
United States of America for direct swift transfer of your entire
contract / Inheritance award compensation funds.

Your new Payment Reference No. FERES9ASWIFT/USD, Allocation No: 67487632
Password No: 33988331, Pin Code No: 55674 and your Certificate of Merit
Payment No: 103, Released Code No:0763; Immediate Telex confirmation No:
44133CITBKLN; Secret Code No: XXTN04413. Having received these vital
payment information.

You are to reach Mr. Portman C. Mark of Bank of America (BOA) of New
York with your full names telephone number and bank details for
immediate payment. Get back to me for her email and office telephone

Best regards,

Mrs. Louis Gagnon.

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