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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: "Patrick J. Burke" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:30:13 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: Instant compensation Payment valued at US$17,500.000.00 usd

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 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 name is next on the list of our outstanding fund beneficiaries to
receive their payment for this first term of the year 2017. Be advised
that because of too many funds beneficiaries due for payment at this first
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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