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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: "Nural banking" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:38:13 -0700

Dear Customer,

You are to contact the bank with the Set-up code which I have provided for you (00F15CODE06).This code is to identify your application through our online Ads .You are to email them and request for an instruction on how to open a loan offshore online checking account with the bank.

Gap Mahallesi, 72070 Batman Merkez/Batman, Turkey.
Phone +90 488 215 04 44
Fax : +90 488 808 51 66
Contact Person: Mr. Douglas Bate
(International Correspondence Department)

Please note: THIS EMAIL MAY CONTAIN PRIVACY ACT INFORMATION, PLEASE HANDLE ACCORDINGLY. Under the Privacy Act of 1974, you must safeguard personnel information. Disclosure of information is governed by Title 5, United nations Code Section 552a Public Law 93-579, DoDD 5400.11, DoDR 5400.11-R and applicable serve directives.

This e-mail, may include confidential and/or proprietary information, and may be used only by the person or entity to which it is addressed. If the reader of this e-mail is not the intended recipient or his or her authorized agent, the reader is hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this e-mail is prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender by replying to this message and delete this e-mail immediately.

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