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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: "Mrs Robin Sanders(Esq.)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2018 19:18:00 +0200

Re: instruction to credit your account with the sum of US$7,000,000.00
This is to notify you that your over due inheritance funds has been gazetted to be release to your bank account within 48hrs, via key
telex transfer (KTT).
Mean while, a woman came to my office this morning with an application for transfer of the fund into her account on your behalf, claiming to
be your representative.
Here are the informationís she submitted for the transfer of your fund
Bank of America
6901 Northwest Expressway
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73132
ABA Routing: 026009593
ACCT No: 003042656833
ACCT Name: FMS Investments Inc.
Please,do re-confirm to this office, as a matter of urgency if this woman is truly from you as the federal finance dept or our bank/my
office will not be held responsible for paying into the wrong account.
The reserve bank governor, executive, board of directors and the senate committee for foreign over due Inheritance fund have approved
and accredited our reputable bank with the office of the director, international remittance/ Director Foreign Affairs, to handle and
transfer of all foreign inheritance funds this first quarter payment schedule of the year 2018.
However, we shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said MRS. MARGARET GEORGE, if we do not hear from you within the next 4
working days from today, this fund will be transferred to the account of MRS.MARGARET GEORGE.
Meanwhile, you are advice to get back to my office immediately with the requested details to enable us have your correct details to wire
your fund.
1. Your full name:.. 2 Your telephone numbers:...3.Your full home
address:...4.Your Company address and position.5.Your Age and Sex...
This fund will be remitted into your bank account within 48hrs as soon as you confirm to this office.
Kindly get back to me as soon as possible so that I will direct you on what to do.
Sincerely Yours
Mrs Robin Sanders
Fmr. U.S Ambassador

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