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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: "usa060" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 16:01:24 +0200
Subject: Contact My Account Officer with United Trust Bank For Your Bank Draft.

Hello my good friend,
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family?,You may not
understand why this mail came to you.

But if you do not remember me,you might have receive an email from me in
regarding a multi-million-dollar proposal which we never concluded.I am
using this opportunity to inform you that the multi-million-dollar business
has been concluded with the assistance of another partner from Germany who
financed the transaction to a logical conclusion.

I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into
your account due to one reason or the other best known to you.But I want to
inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund into my new
partner's account in Germany, who was eventually,capable of assisting me in
this great venture.Due to your effort,sincerity,courage and trust worthiness
You showed during the course of the transaction.

I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of
$950.000.00.I have left a certified international bank draft for you worth
of $950.000.00 cashable everywhere in the world.My dear friend I will like
you to contact my Account Officer with United Trust Bank Plc,Cotonou- Benin
Republic,his name is
MR. LUKE CHUKWUMA,on his direct e-mail address
( )
( )
for the collection of your certified Bank Draft.

I authorized him to release the Bank Draft to you whenever you contact him
regarding for it.At the moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment
projects,which i and the new partner are having at hand.Please I will like
you to accept this token with
good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart, Also
comply with MR. LUKE CHUKWUMA directives so that he will send the draft to
you with out any delay.

Account Officer,United Trust Bank Plc,
Cotonou,Benin Republic,
His e-mail address:
( )
( )

Therefore,you should send him your full Name and telephone number/your
correct mailing address where you want him to send the Draft to you,or your
account information for depositing the Bank Draft.
Thanks and God bless you and your family.
Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your Bank Draft.

Contact My Account Officer with United Trust Bank For Your Bank Draft.

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