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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: "ANGLO ROMANIAN BANK LTD" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2017 22:59:05 +0100

Anglo Romanian Bank Ltd
3 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AE

Good Day,
CHINTOIU MIHAIL OCTAVIAN is my name a manager with Anglo Romanian Bank Ltd.
I urge you to treat this letter with all seriousness.Please note that the letter is not a spam.
I have decided to use this medium being the fastest way to reach out to you.

I want to partner with you to transfer funds into your account to set up a joint business..
Please state your direct phone number and full names in your reply so that we can discuss on benefits and process.
I await your reply on your willingness to partner with me.

Yours Truly

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