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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: "Yasmine Ahmed" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2017 02:56:45 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend


Dear Beneficiary,

In the course of our General Auditing and Account revision of the last quarter of the year 2015 ending

within few Months from now, we discovered that the Bank Accounts with sum of $7.5 Million United States

Dollars belonging to some Benefactors have been changed on the basis that the owners have died some

time last two weeks or have given out an authorization note of change of data. After the

investigations, however,it was revealed that there are Foreigners who are collaborating with Retired

Staffs to make these changes illegally without the knowledge of the Bonifide Benefactors and one traced

to your own change is this Mr Rick Jones who said you are dead, hence they have forwarded some

documents of funeral service held for you so as to divert your fund. They have also forwarded to this

office account below as the new account that will receive this money:

Bank:Hang Seng Bank
Bank Address: 83 Des Veoux Road,Central-Hong Kong
Account Name: Rick Jones
Account Number: 235-325172-882
Bank Code: 024
Swift Code: HASEHKHH

But we wanted to confirm if actually this is true and hence decided to write to your email address

which after 2 days from now and there is no response, we will then know that you are dead indeed and go

on with the transfer. If proved otherwise by you that you did not die, please forward to us all the

related Benefactors particulars including your

Your Full Name:.....
Your Residential Address:....
Your Telephone number:.....
Your Occupation:.......
A valid Copy of International/Driver License

These details from you will help to assist us reach a conclusion that you are not dead.Anything

contrary to this claim will help us charge this man to court and prosecute him while your fund will be

paid to you immediately without any further delay.You have to get back to us on time for us to commence

legal proceedings against Mr. Rick Jones and his accomplices.

Yours truly,
Mr.Moris Brown
Financial System Stability
+229 98574399

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