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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: FUND TRANSFER <"www.">
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 00:27:35 +0900 (JST)

Attn: Dear Mr./ Madam

This is to notify you about our agreement with Bank of New York mellon to deliver to you without delay a Diplomatic Consignment Fund valued only $25.6 MILLION U.S DOLLARS which resulted from your outstanding contract Inheritance fund Following our agreement with Federal Reserve Bank, it must interest you to Know that the delivery documentation process has been legally finalized, so All you need to do now is for you to send me Your Full Names and Your Physical Delivery Address including Your Direct Telephone Numbers for easy communication.

Be rest assured that upon the receipt of the above information from you as requested our Diplomatic Agent will use his diplomatic immunity to move the Consignment Fund straight to your doorstep immediately, Once again, bear in mind that every aspect of the delivery has been taken care of so there is nothing holding the Consignment Fund here now.

Best regards in anticipating hearing from you.

Dr. Jude Allen

Head Director, U.S. Diplomatic Base

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