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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: "DOUGLAS RICHARD" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 4 Jun 2017 23:09:00 +0200

Dear Valued Citizen.
Be informed that your outstanding payment has been approved from United Nation and World Bank/IMF so I will be waiting to hear from you soon to start processing your payment documentation.
Kindly reconfirm this application put in by Mrs. Jeanne White - she submitted the under listed bank account information supposedly sent by you to receive the funds on your behalf.
The bank information she applied with are stated thus:
Account Name: Mrs. Jeanne White
Bank name: Citi Bank NA
Bank address: #1230 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Account Number: 013439887655
Routing Number: 2771722
Swift Code: CITIUS30
The said Mrs. Jeanne White is claiming to this office that you are dead and have Instructed that all relevant documentation/Information regarding your Payment/ATM Master Card, be changed to her as the beneficiary of the payment short-listed among the foreign beneficiaries entitled to receive their payment.
This is your ATM Master Card REF/PAYMENTS CODE IS: WFSC/07735.
Reply With your details as below for easy processing and payment release:
1.Full Name…
2 Full addresses....
3. Phone Number…
4. Sex: ……………..
5. Age ………………
6. Occupation ………..
7. Nationality…………
Yours faithfully,
Mr. Douglas Richard
TEL: +234-8168067888

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