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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: "Mr.George Anderson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:00:58 -0800
Subject: Attention Please; Contact Us Bank

Attention Please;
This is to inform you that your funds actualization has come after our meeting with the  International Monetary Fund (IMF) and US Bank management, It has been agreed that your approved funds valued USD$15,000,00 will be deposited with US Bank and the bank will now credited your funds into your designated Bank Account through their
Wire Transfer system or they will open online account for you and give you access user name and password to start transferring your funds as you want.
However, it may interest you to know that after the meeting, with the above mentioned office's have entered into full partnership with the US Bank Management handled your transaction and make sure you receive your funds without any delay,
As matter of fact below is US Bank Payment Director's Contact information.
Contact Person:: Mr. David  C Darnell
Phone number::
To this effect on this transaction, You are to contact the US Bank management with your information listed below for the immediate release of your funds to you
Full Name: ...............
Address: ....................
Country: .....................
Telephone: ....................
Mobile: ........................
Email: .........................
Kindly contact the bank as we directed you and get in touch with us
Best Regards
Mr.George Anderson.

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