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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: "Joseph" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2017 22:46:39 -0800

Attention Dear.

During the auditing and closing of all financial records of the central bank last year,it was discovered from the records of outstanding foreign inheritance payment due for payment with our bank and those who have been scammed in the past,your name is next on the list of those who will receive 10.5million dollars via Swift transfer, bank draft or ATM card payment in this 1st quarter of this fiscal year 2017 via pending options chosen by you.

This is to bring to your notice about the due process of your outstanding Inheritance payment thru our bank in USA. As a result of this development, verification conducted by the central bank, Financial service authority of united State of America in conjunction with the FBI and Debt Verification Panel on your inheritance payment, your file has been endorsed for immediate payment thru our bank in USA awaiting your confirmations.

Please, do reconfirm to this office, as a matter of urgency the requested information below. you are requested to send this information for verification purposes so that your fund valid us$10.5m United States Dollars dollars will be remitted into your nominated bank account via Swift Telegraphic transfer or certified intl bank draft/ATM card which will be made and send to your doorstep.

(1) Your full name and address:
(2) Your age and marital status:
(3) Your occupation:
(4) Your telephone/fax number/mobile
(5) Your nationality:
(6) Your full Bank Account details
(7) Scan any of your Id to send

As soon as we receive this, we will commence with all necessary procedures in other to remit this money into your account.The Executive Board of Directors and the America Council for foreign over due inheritance fund have approved and accredited this reputable bank to handle your payment



TELEPHONE NUMBER 009234-701-095-5119

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