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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: Linda Redan
Date: 28 Jan 2020 14:40:10 -0500
Subject: Your Attention Is Needed!

Dear Friend,

I am Linda Redan the director in Charge Of Auditing and
Accounting Section of (Bank of Hawaii) with due respect and
regard, I have decided to contact you on a
business transaction that will benefit the both of us at the end
of the transaction. In order to transfer out the sum of (US$10.6
Million) Ten Million Six Hundred Thousand United State Dollars)
before they get confiscated or declared un-serviceable, I need a
reliable and honest person who is capable and fit to receive this
money through a bank to bank wire transfer.

During the course of our auditing last month, I discovered a
floating fund in an account opened in the bank in 2014 and since
then nobody has operated on this account again, after going
through some old files, I discovered that the owner of the
account did not states any Next Of Kin, hence the money is
floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be
forfeited for nothing by our management.

The owner of this Account is Engineer{Fredrick} a foreigner,and
an industrialist,and no other person knows about this account or
any thing concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and
my investigation prove to me to be perfect and risk free.
However, I am revealing this to you believing in God that you
will never let me down when the money is transferred into your
nominated bank account. at the conclusion of this business, I
will give to you 40% of the total amount, while 55% will be for
me and 5% percent will be used for any expenses we might run into
during the processing of the fund Transfer.

Am looking forward to hearing from you. Reply me back at this
alternative E-mail address: ( can
include your telephone or mobile number for easy Communication.

Best Regards
Linda Redan
Urgent response needed

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