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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: "ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 20:29:51 -0800

We the Management of ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND wish to congratulate and inform you that after the thorough review of your Pending Inheritance/Contract/ Funds, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund Assessment Report Your payment file was forwarded to us for immediate transfer of a part-payment of Five Million Eight Hundred Thousand British Pound (£5,800,000.00) to you From their offshore account here with our Bank.
The audit reports given to us, shows that you have been going through hard times by paying a lot of money to see to the release of your funds, which has been delayed By some dubious officials.
Kindly reconfirm the below information
1. Full Name:
2. cell:
3. Contact Address,
4. Age,
5. Profession, 7.scan copy of ID,
Mrs. HELEN WILLIAMS (Head of International Transfer Dept)
Phone: +447924524821

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