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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: "Gleen Woods" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:44:17 -0000
Subject: Attention: FROM GLENN WOODS

ING Bank N.V., London Branch
London England
Private Phone Number +44 90 3267 1050


I am Mr Glenn Woods the manager Audit & Accounts dept. ING Bank N.V., London Branch
I am writing to request your assistance to transferthe sum of $4.500.000.00 (Four million, five
hundred thousand United States dollars) into your accounts.

The above sum belongs to our deceased customer late YOUNG CAO WEIJIE JIAN from South Korea who died along with his entire family auto crash. 2003 and since then the fund has been in a suspenseaccount.

After my further investigation, I discovered that Mr YOUNG CAO WEIJIE JIAN died with his next of kin and according to the laws and constitution guiding this banking institution stated that after the expiration of (15) years, if no body or person comes for the claim as the next of kin, the fund will be channel into national treasury as unclaimed fund.. Because of the static of this transaction I want you to stand as the next of kin so that our bank will accord you there cognition and have the fund transfer to your account.

The total sum will be shared as follows: 60% for me, 40% for you and
expenses incidental occur during the transfer will be incur by both of
us. The transfer is risk free on both sides hence you are going to
follow my instruction till the fund transfer to your account. More
details information with the text of application form will be
forwarded to you to breakdown explaining comprehensively what require
of you.

I decided to contact you because he bears the same last name with you and he is also from the same country with you. I await your urgent reply. reply to my private email address ( )

Mr Glenn Woods.

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