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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: "Mr. Patrick J. Burke" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:35:30 +0000
Subject: Our ref: cus/snt/stb.

Our ref: cus/snt/stb.

Instant compensation Payment valued at US$17,500.000.00 usd

It is my modest obligation to write you this letter as regards the
authorization of your owed payment through our most respected
financial institution (HSBC Regional Bank). I am Mr. Patrick J. Burke,
the chief executive officer, foreign operations department HSBC
Regional Bank, the British government in conjunction with U.S
government, united nations organization on foreign payment matters has
empowered our bank after much consultation and consideration to handle
all foreign payments and release them to their appropriate

Having received these vital payment numbers, you are instantly
qualified to receive and confirm your payment with us within the next

Be well informed that we have verified your payment file as directed
to us and your name is next on the list of our outstanding fund
beneficiaries to receive their payment for this Second term of the
year 2017. Be advised that because of too many funds beneficiaries due
for payment at this Second quarter of the year, you are entitled to
receive the sum of Seventeen million Five hundred thousand United
State dollars (17,500.000.00 usd) as full payment of your fund.
So you are therefore advise to re-confirm the following Information
for immediate transfer process.

1) Your full name:.....
2) Your full address:...
3) Your contact telephone and Fax:....
4) Your profession:.......
5) Any valid form of your identification/driven license:...

As soon as we receive the above mentioned information, your payment
will processed and released to you without any further delay. Be also
informed that You are not allowed to communicate with any other
person(s) or office so as to avoid conflict of information, you are
required to provide the above information for your transfer to be
taken place through HSBC Regional Bank to your personal bank account.

We look forward to serving you better.

Yours sincerely.
Mr. Patrick J. Burke,
Chief Executive Director HSBC Regional Bank FL

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