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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: "®LloydsTSBBANK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:27:33 -0800
Subject: PLS Can I Trust You In This Matter??? / Call Me Back / ASAP

Lloyds TSB Group PLC
Dear Sir/Madam,
Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal ethics. I will introduce myself as
Harrison Allan, Station Manager in the accounts management section of the above bank here in London Uk.
One of our accounts with holding balance of 28,000,000.00 GBP (Twenty Eight Million British pounds)
has been dormant and has not been operated for the past six (6) years. From my investigations and
confirmations, the owner of this account, a foreigner by name Andreas Schranne died on Monday, 31 July,
2000 see this and since then nobody has done anything
as regards the claiming of this money because he has no family members who are aware of the existence of
neither the account nor the funds.
I have secretly discussed this matter with a senior official of this bank and we have agreed to find a
reliable foreign partner to deal with. We thus propose to do business with you, standing in as the next
of kin of these funds from the deceased and funds released to you after due processes have been followed.
This transaction is totally free of risk and as the fund is legitimate and does not originate from drug,
money laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act. On receipt of your response I will furnish you with
detailed clarification as it relates to this mutual benefit transaction.
Please send me your reply as soon as possible.Also do inform your company director / boss / management
if this mail gets to you as a representative of the company.
Upon receipt of this mail let me have your quick response via my private email:
and ask any question you may have.
I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible if you are interested
Harrison Allan
Station Manager Accounts Dept
LIoyds TSB Bank Plc

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