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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: "Halifax Bank" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:11:31 +0100
Subject: ATTN: Outstanding Beneficiary,

Consumer Finance, Corporate Banking & Investment Capital
Ref: Your Outstanding Payment/Instant Payment valued at US$15,500.000.00 USD.

ATTN: Outstanding Beneficiary,

It is my modest obligation to write you this letter as regards the authorization of your owed payment through our most respected financial institution (Halifax Lloyds Bank Regional Bank United Kingdom U.K).

I am Mrs. Judy Crosby, the outstanding payment Media Relations Officer Halifax (LBG/1111/32655), 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 listed/referred outstanding payment and release them to their appropriate beneficiaries.

Having received these vital payment numbers, you are instantly qualified to receive and confirm your payment with us within the next 48hrs. Be well informed that we have verified your payment file as directed to us and your are listed on the list of our outstanding beneficiaries to receive their payment for this 2nd term of the year 2017.
You are entitled to receive the sum of Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United State dollars (15,500.000.00 USD Only) your outstanding payment.

Furthermore, you are advise to re-confirm the following Information for immediate payment process.

1) Your full name's:..... First: Middle: Last Names........
2) Your full address:....
3) Your contact telephone and Fax:..... Mobile: Home: Office: Fax.....
4) Your Occupation: 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 Halifax Lloyds Bank Regional Bank United Kingdom U.K) to your personal bank account, and you shall be directed on how to open online account with Halifax Lloyds Bank Regional Bank United Kingdom U.K) as soon as we hear from you.

We look forward to serving you better.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Judy Crosby.
Media Relations Officer Halifax (LBG/1111/32655)
Halifax Bank is a division of Scotland plc.
Reply E-Mail:

Registered in Scotland No. SC327000. Registered Office: The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ. Authorized by the Prudential Regulation Authority and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority

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