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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: "Drew Stewar" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 03:49:14 -0800
Subject: Swift Copy


Please find attached payment details and swift copy and do the needful.

Message No : 103
Sender's Reference:
:20: FB120119OTT0238
Bank Operation Code :
:23B: CRED
Value Date/Currency Code/Amount:
:32A: 18-12-2017 / USD / 1850.00
Currency Code/ Instructed Amount:
:33B: USD / 1850.00
Ordering Customer :
:50K: /5090290644
Sender's Correspondent :
:53B: /04444389
Account With Institution :
:57A: 1003848494943
Beneficiary Customer :
:59: /
Remittance Information:
:70: For Booking
Details of Charges :
:71A: OUR

Please reply with the receipt confirmation.

Best Regard,

Drew Stewar
Sales/Account Officer
Argos Group Limited
Argos House,H Jones Road

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