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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: "Mr.DANIEL FREEMAN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 27 May 2017 18:05:31 +0300
Subject: ATTN:


Following the recent development over your payment and after our due clarification and consolidation with United Nation/world Bank, we are very glad to inform you that a new arrangement has been set up to have this fund pay to you using special influences/connection under reliable/trusted Arrangement via AMERICAN WEST BANK PLC online programming.

This is based on the fact that the bank to bank transfer of huge amount of funds from United States are being monitored under stringent rules and regulations which we have ascertained from you last payment. It not everybody will tell you about this secret rather they prefer collecting money from you, now we have decided to make the whole deal easy and safer for you and your fund is with AMERICAN WEST BANK PLC and you are required to contact Mr. Mark J. Grescovich on his open access email or better call him by quoting your payment code: UN01XXUS, please ensure you quote this code while contacting the bank.

Below is the bank contact info:

Mr. Mark J. Grescovich
Chief Executive Officer, President, Director, Chief Executive Officer
41 W. Riverside Avenue, Suite 300
Spokane, WA 99201-- ID 83544 -
Phone:+1 (202) 810-3184

This arrangement will also eliminate the rigorous banking process and leave no traces for unwarranted taxes and scrutiny,however, This current method of payment will be done effectively without rising an eye bow or International Monetary Fund Interruption and we have submitted your payment files to AMERICAN WEST BANK PLC who is on ground now processing your online payment and you are required to keep us posted until your fund is finally released to you for our record purpose and to guide you well in this matter.

We shall get back to you with possible directions as soon as we hear from you.

Your In service

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