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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. Mary Rose" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2020 06:47:53 +0800
Subject: Attn : Case pin code Number: FUN/DS:255748003/23

Attn : Case pin code Number:  FUN/DS:255748003/23
I want to use this means to inform you that an important meeting was held
last week Friday 28th, February 2020, regarding your unclaimed CERTIFIED
CASHIER'S CHEQUE. which you have not been able to have a successful claim on
for quite sometime now. The meeting took place with the FBI and IMF
officials. It was finally agreed that since you were unable to claim the
prizes due to courier charges and other difficulties encountered, you will
now be receiving the total sum of $2,000,000.00 USD ( Two Million United
States Dollars) through an Online Banking system with a reliable and efficient
correspondent paying bank (EH NATIONAL BANK).
This simply means that you will have to immediately contact the bank and
make reference to this email. Once they receive your email, instructions
will be given to you on how to apply for an online banking account setup in
your name. Once this is done an online account username and password will be
sent to you to enable you login to your account to confirm full deposit of
your fund before you can immediately commence direct transfer to any of your
bank account.
This is all you need do to receive your long awaited CERTIFIED CASHIER'S
CHEQUE, which has now been totally converted to cash equivalent of
$2,000,000.00 USD ( Two Million United States Dollars)  with the help of the
IMF officials.
You are to immediately contact the bank now with the below details Mr.
Steven Dwell, He will guide you through till your compensation funds is
released to you.
EH National Bank Of California
Name: Mr. Steven Dwell
We implore you to immediately contact the bank right now as your quick and
immediate response will do you good.
Best Regards,
Mrs. Mary Rose
Financial Secretary

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