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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: Ms.Mary Louis
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:37:43 -0700
Subject: Re; Notice.

Yorkshire Bank
1st Floor, Guildhall, 57
Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3ER
Tel: +447700009821
            Your Over-due payment fund Payment valued at US$17.5 Million Dollars
A power of attorney was forwarded to  our office this morning by two individuals
( Richardson Marks-White and ( Mrs  Lissy Jones ). They claimed to be your representative, and the power of attorney stated that you are dead, they brought an account to replace your information in other to claim the said fund in tune of US$17.5 Million  which is now lying DORMANT and UNCLAIMED.
Find below the new account they have submitted for claims.
Bank Name: US BANK
Branch Address: 1099 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose,
CA.95125, U.S.A.
Routing Number: 121100782
Account Name: Richardson Marks-White
Account Number: 153497286531
The power of attorney also stated that you suffered and died of throat cancer. You are therefore given 48hrs to confirm the truth of the above information,  If you are still alive, you are to contact us immediately since we work 24 hrs just to ensure that we monitor all the activities going on in regards to the transfer of beneficiaries inheritance and contract payment. You are to respond swiftly for
clarifications on this matter immediately.
Be advised that any further delay from your side could be dangerous, as we would not be held liable for any wrong payment.
We wait in anticipation your prompt attention.
   Best Regards,
   Ms.Mary Louis
   Relationship Manager
   Yorkshire Bank UK

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