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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: "National Westminster Bank" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2018 16:26:47 +0100
Subject: New Important Mail

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Dear Customer,

While performing customers account maintenance and verification procedures, we have detected a slight error on your account personal information's. For your security, we have temporarily disable access to your account. Such as (Receive payments, Make payments or withdraw funds).

This might be due to either of the following reasons:

1. A recent change in your personal information. (eg: address, phone)
2. Submitting incorrect information during login process.
3. Logging from an unrecognized machine or device.
4. Too many incorrect login attempt.

Due to this, to ensure that your service is not interrupt, we require you to confirm and verify your account information by the reference button given below. To protect your account & personal information's from unauthorised access.

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If your account information is not confirmed and verified within a certain period of time then your ability to access your account would become restricted.

How does it work?

If we detect any unusual activity on your accounts, we may decide that we want to confirm that it's really you. You must complete all steps otherwise you will not be able to use the online service until we have completed additional security checks.

We appreciate your business and the opportunity to serve you.

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