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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: "Woodforest Bank" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 25 May 2017 10:51:57 -0300
Subject: INFORMATION ON FUND TRANSFER US $ 17, 500,000.00..

I apologize for the delay in transferring your fund, it was due to the fact that our database was attacked by hackers, who tried hacking into our system, which resulted in the shutting down of our entire system. Our team of professional have worked tirelessly to restore our system, but the problem we have now is that most of our data were lost in the process.

So can you please furnish us with your details again, so as to facilitate the transfer of your fund immediately to your designated bank account. The details are as follows:

Name and address of bank:
Account name:
Account no.:
Swift code:

As soon as we receive these details, we will proceed with the fund transfer process.Once again i apologize for the delay, i promise we will strive to make it up to you.

Yours sincerely,
Robert E. Marling Jr.
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer,
Chief Executive Officer of Woodforest National Bank
And Director of Woodforest National Bank

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