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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: "Payment@Credit-Alert" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 01:14:49 -0700
Subject: Credit Alert [ $3,899,478.00 ]

This message is from a trusted sender!

Email_Alert@Credit Refund to Foreign Affairs Settlements

Dear Account holder
This is to inform you that a Credit transaction just occurred on your account sequel to Tax refund payment due you, We are not sure you receive our previous message, we wish to once again congratulate and inform you that after thoroughly review of all delayed toward your unclaimed funds, We decided to send you a reminding note that you still have the fund avail here, though you might have felt disappointed base on last comprehensive noticed towards the release and your outstanding fit with those charges for the new ATM

This is a Private Banking division of Credit Polaris Bank in West Africa. Your status as bona fide beneficiary to Transit Number account 0292968-33-28 was confirmed with the control keys 1010FMMRA3008083701, and your check auditor calculated both old and recent balance which you where to receive from the account as of today, your inward transit account balance with interest is total of US$3,899,478.00 as correctly referenced to you as receiver

I am head Online & Specialized Banking Department of Credit Bank, I m your bank relationship officer, The Grace given to you it a privilege not a chance therefore it must be abuse, comply for the opening platinum account to enable transfer all your money and at same time you can pot up something the family, delay will assume the abandon, So Please tell us your experience towards the service, cus I am very annoyed with type of your delay and failure to remit cost for the opening of the platinum account as initial discoursed

Your payment is still on escrow account and is impossible to remit transfer direct from it, that is why you should open platinum account to use carry transfer online or been able to use the new ATM that will come out from it freely as you prefer, Simply get a new Email account for safety transaction cause is too common that some message displayed in SPAM folder due to problem with the internate provider and bunch of email scams this days!

This is a daily personal and business account your to have with us and to enable us credit your payment to your currency, the initial opening deposit is only $150 to setup Online to fully operational account and the maximum transfer possible within a month is unlimited; with this account you can apply for a gold membership credit card after a good business relationship of 3 days minimum, all your donated payment from any country will be paid directly throw it and you will be taking it here all by yourself without any tress

Ask a question if you still need clarification cause we will not be sending all time email as the email could be intercept with this your old account but will advice you to get a new one and avoid intercepting with our services.

Mr Henry Chidike
Executive Director Polaris Online Account Dept
For more inquiring Call: (+234)810 531 4995

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