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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: Chase <>
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 03:00:25 -0500
Subject: Bank Account Has Been Restricted

Important Information from Chase Bank

We have detected an irregular activity on your account. For your security w=
e have limited your account. You are to verify this activity before using y=
our account.

Kindly click on the link below to remove the restriction place on your acco=

Your satisfaction is important to us, and we appreciate your prompt attenti=
on to this matter otherwise access to this account would be restricted. =

Thank you for being our customer. =


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Please do not reply to this message, as this email inbox is not monitored. =

Products and services are offered by Chase Bank (USA), N.A., Member FDIC.

=A9 2017 Chase Bank . Chase Bank is a federally registered service mark. A=
ll rights reserved.

Refrence Number: PP-184-107-163

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