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Advance Fee Fraud or 419 Fraud  

In an Advance Fee Fraud, the following tactics are typically used:

  1. You receive an email, letter or fax from an alleged "official" representing a foreign government or agency and an offer is made to transfer funds into your personal bank account. These offers include:
    • foreign lotto winnings,
    • C.O.D. of goods or services,
    • real estate ventures, and
    • beneficiary of a will.
  2. You are encouraged to travel overseas to complete the transaction.
  3. You are requested to provide blank company letterhead forms, banking account information, telephone and fax numbers.
  4. You receive numerous documents with official looking stamps, seals and logos testifying to the authenticity of the proposal.
  5. Do not respond to these correspondences. If you have already lost funds in pursuit of these schemes, you will need to contact your local United States Secret Services Office at 303-866-1010.

You can read more about this fraud at: http://home.rica.net/alphae/419coal/  


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