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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: "INTERBANK SERVICES" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 02:49:24 -0000

Dear Sir / Madam,

Complements of the season. Be officially advised that we have an outstanding inward credit of USD11,400,000.00 in our organization being a deposit by our late client who had your Name as his next of kin.
Despite all mails we have sent you, you have failed to respond.

Be advised legally that this deposit will be confiscated soon and if you respond swiftly before 20th of October you will be paid but upon your delay, we shall be left with no option that to have this funds written off at the end of year balancing.
Be warned.


Bradford Clarkson.
(Account Officer).

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