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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: "Dr. John Otti" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:05:18 +0100
Subject: Re: Your Funds $1,200,000.00

Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, Mamman Kontagora House, 23A, Marina, P.M.B. 12881. Lagos, Nigeria. Attn beneficiary This email serves as a notification, to inform you on the deposit of compensation funds by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in the amount of 30 Million dollars, which will be shared between 25 scam victims, with each beneficiary to be paid $1,200,000USD only. You have been enrolled into this compensation scheme because your email address was found as a victim among an email database saved in a.txt format, on a computer hard drive belonging to a con artists and fraudsters who were caught and are presently in the custody of the Economic and financial crimes commission (E.F.C.C), here in Nigeria. They will be facing prosecution at the end of the month. It is for this reason that we believe you might have been defrauded in the past or even recently and as such, we intend paying you the stipulated amount in our bid to improve the situation all around you after these scams have been perpetuated. To enable the delivery of CHEQUE or American Express Gold Card to you, kindly send the following to Dr. John Otti of United Bank For Africa Plc head of compensation payout operations with the below information for the delivery of your $1,200,000.00 Cheque or American Express Gold Card Contact Dr. John Otti with under listed info BANK NAME :United Bank For Africa Plc Head Office: UBA House, 57, Marina,P. O. Box 2406, Lagos Nigeria Tel: +2347065504941 Contact Person: Dr. John Otti Conatct E-Mail: Full Name: ......... Phone number:........ Address....... : : Contact Dr. John Otti and send him the above information today for delivery of your $1,200,000.00 Cheque or Amaechi Express Gold Card Signed.Ambassador (Dr.) Hassan Adamu/ Peter Bluemann Chairman, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation,

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