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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: "Mr. Eric Uba" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2010 14:13:26 +0200
Subject: Intercontinental Bank

Intercontinental Bank Plaza , Danmole Street ,
Off Adeola Odeku Idejo.
P.M.B 80150 , Victoria Island Lagos .
Telephone: +234-705-840-2102
We received a payment credit instruction from the Federal Government of Nigeria to credit your account with your Inheritance fund of US$10.5Million from the Nigerian reserve account with our bank.
However, you required to forward to us
your banking particulars where you want your fund to be transferred.
{1}. Your Full Name and Address:
{2}. Your Confidential Tel, Cell and Fax Number for easier and
faster communication:
{3). Your Bank name and address:
{4). Your A/c Name and Numbers:
(5). Your Swift Code / Routing Numbers:
Waiting to hear from you with the required information
Yours in service
Mr. Eric Uba
Fund Credit Officer
Intercontinental Bank
Nigeria Plc

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