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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: ade eze <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 18:06:24 +0100 (BST)
Subject: FROM ADE EZE.

Tel: 234-802-8694238


I have confirm receipt of your mail and am obliged to state authoritatively as explained in the proposal.
Am the director Credit Control Department, Union Bank Of Nigeria Plc Lagos.

The decease Mr. THEOPHILUS BAKER before his death deposited the sum of $20.10 million dollars with the bank, the bank has made fruitless efforts in tracing the family and the management in a Board meeting has endoresd that the fund be declared unclaimed and channeled into an unknown account, so on this platform i contact you to stand as the NEXT OF KIN.

All the neccessary documents regarding this transaction shall be forwarded to you and to assure you that this transaction is risk free.

Please as a matter of urgency your bank details is urgently needed for the processing of the documents and the change of all the documents to your name as the sole beneficiary and would appreciate you forward to me your working telephone number for more clarification.

Thanks and be blessed .
TEL 234 80 28694238

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