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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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Fraud email example:

From: "=?utf-8?q?From=20Dr.Ubasinachi=20Bugo?=" <>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2008 07:06:41 -0800 (PST)

¡Tengo nueva dirección de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme

- From Dr.Ubasinachi Bugo Union Bank Nigeria Plc 70, Allen Avenue , Ikeja Lagos Nigeria Dear Friend, I am Dr.Ubasinachi Bugo a Banker with Union Bank Nigeria Plc here in Nigeria. One Mr.Raymond Johnson and his wife died in a ghastly BellView Airline Plane Crash while on a business trip on the 23 October 2005. The said couple had no children and was about 63years old before their death. He never identified with anybody as his relative and investigation made could not trace any relative to the late couple.Before his death, he has the sum of $25,000,000.00. usd (Twenty Five Million) made from contracts he executed with Oil Companies here in Nigeria and the proceeds are with our Commercial Bank.Few weeks ago, the Bank tried requesting that the next of Kin to the deceased should come up to claim his fund deposited with our Bank.I am the Manager in charge of unclaimed funds hence mycontacting you.After much effort has been made to trace a valid information of thedeceased , I decided to ontact you to stand in as the next of Kin to the deceased and claim the fund so that the bank will not declare the account dormant , freeze or confiscate the amount as they stated in theletter sent to my Department Of which I will fax to you. If you can stand in,I assure you that this is a risk free as I will advise you on what to do to have this fund moved to your account and we can agree on terms of sharing. All you have to do is to consent to this by giving me the go ahead to have you presented to the Bank as the next of kin through a lawyer.I will tell you how to get a lawyer but it has to be confidential who will apply and present you as the next of Kin. AS soon as we make application, obtain the necessary approval, the money will be paid through here or any of the banks payment centre Overseas.This will take us about 14 working days toconclude depending on how you respond to our correspondence. Sharing ratio can be discussed amicably, and I will like to use my own part of the fund for investment in your country.await your urgent response. to this Email:unionbankplc1976@katamail.comI wait for your Urgent Rply.Best regards Dr.Ubasinachi Bugo

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