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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:

Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:58:43 -0700

Dear Beneficiary,

We are very sorry to hear that the bank has not released your over due payment fund of $12.2m to you all this while,for that reason,another arrangement has been made with a new bank that will securely transfer the fund into your bank account.

Note that the reason why we are doing all this is to make sure that you receive the fund as we have been given the responsibility to make the payment to you,but unfortunately, the former bank that was supposed to make the payment to you was not able to accomplish the task.

As soon as we receive the above stated details from you,the contact information of the new bank that will carry out the transfer of the fund $12.2m to your nominated bank account will be sent to you so that you can open communication with them regarding your payment.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr.Usman Okah.

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