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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: united state bank usa <>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2021 22:18:46 -0700
Subject: Mr. JAMES MARK

united state bank usa
washinton dc white dallars street 34321
bank address]
my current whatsapp] +12487935231


We would like to inform you that the US government has issued an order
to transfer the amount of ($ 5 million US dollars) to you as your name
was among the fraud victims who have lost so much money to African and
European scammers which you also have a pnding funds of $3 million
dollars that is supposed to be transferred to you since the beginning
of these year 2021 which we have decided to contact you today on how
we can make the transaction to you as soon as possible and We advise
you to interrupt any further communication with you and anyone, you
will not be harmed.

These are two options that you have left for your money.

(1) From bank to bank transfer
(2) home delivery

We are waiting for your immediate reply with your details so that this
bank can immediately proceed with the transfer or delivery of your
money and serve you better.

Full name....................
Home address .................
WhatsApp number ............
Mobile number............
Each of your ID cards ........

Do not send money in advance to anyone from Europe or Africa for
whatever reason. The US bank will transfer your account immediately as
soon as I reconfirm your bank details.

Thank you for your bank details with us and we assure you a good and
perfect deal.


Executive Regional Manager,
Us bank.
my current whatsapp] +12487935231

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