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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: Secure Trust Bank Plc <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2021 06:11:56 -1200

Secure Trust Bank Plc
Corporate Address:St Helen's
1 Undershaft London,
EC3A 8AB United Kingdom
Tel:+44 7441 450 543
Alternative Email:

Ref: Payment Approved Notification.

Dear Sir/Madam.

Instruction was given to us this morning from the IMF (International
Monetary Fund) to transfer your overdue payment of $7.5 Million US
dollars to your account. In view of this, you should send us your
Banking detail with the transfer processing vat fee of $50 only to
enable us commence on the fund transfer through Bank-to-Bank wire
transfer .We really appreciate your understanding and patience until
this time.

Yours in service.

Mr.Aaron Barry
(Secretary Secure Trust Bank)
Secure Trust Bank Plc
Tel:+44 7441 450 543

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