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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: "Mrs Robin Sanders" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 15:26:08 -0700

I am Mrs Robin Sanders, Former U.S.A Ambassador to Nigeria.Now Head Foreign Operations United Nations (UN) Foreign Credit Commission and
Debts Settlement Services New York United States of America. We have been set up to fight against Internet scam and fraudulent activities
This Group is also responsible for investigating the legitimacy of unpaid contract, inheritance and lotto winning claims by Companies and
individuals and directs the paying authorities (banks) worldwide to make immediate payment of verified claims to the beneficiaries without
further Delay.
You are being legally contacted regarding the release of your long awaited fund. After a detailed review of your file, the sum of US10,
500,000.00 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) has been approved in your favor for payment via JP Morgan Chase Bank
New York. I therefore wish to inform you that your payment is now being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to
this letter
Because we have received a letter/application from one Mr. Bohumil KOZMIN a citizen of Australia, said to be your next of kin and that
the funds should be redirected to the account given to us with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Account Number: 10138816, Account
Name: Bohumil KOZMIN, Swift Code: CTBAAU2S, Sort/Award BSB Number: 062239
Please confirm to us if we should proceed with this payment of transferring the said fund urgently into the above stated bank account
of your next of kin as you have authorized before it is too late
And if in any event you have a contrary view or opinion against this arrangement we are making now to wire this approved fund in your favor
into your next of kinís bank account in Australia you should not hesitate to let us know immediately you receive this message so that
we can stop this payment and you will be required to send us the below stated information for confirmation and record purposes
1. Your Full Name:
2. Your Direct Telephone
3. Fax Number
4. Your Residential Address:
5.  Your Current Receiving Banking Details
Upon the receipt of these requested information from you, a fund claim identification code (CIC) will be issued to you by this office that
will enable you to secure/protect your funds from the hands of corrupt officials that are trying to steal or divert your funds into an
unknown bank account to you without your authorization
Waiting for your swift response and Cooperation
Sincerely Yours
Mrs Robin Sanders
Fmr. U.S Ambassado

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