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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: "African Development Bank" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 21:55:44 +0200
Subject: Payment Notification

Dear Customer

I am Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank PLC (ADB), I am officially writing this message to inform you that my office has Taking over

all the money Transaction originated from any part Of African, Europe, American and Asia Counties as Contract payment, Fund Inheritance or Lottery Winning due to excessive demand of up Front payment by corrupt officials of Apex Banks and some Security companies as reported by the International Community,Subsequently, the World Bank Group has Mandated this Bank via my office to release funds to approved Fund beneficiaries through Bank to Bank wire transfer or Diplomatic Delivering, Hence Your Name/Email address appears as one of the approved fund beneficiaries who has not receive even part payment whom their fund was Successfully cleared recently from Terrorist and Money laundry, therefore your money has resolved to be Released to you through Bank to Bank Wire Transfer alternatively Diplomatic Delivery on your contact to our Account Officer, Mr. Peter Uzor through his Telephone +234-704-153-4318, Email:

On this process you are advised to forward your direct telephone numbers, complete name and mailing address to Mr. Peter Uzor for immediate release of your fund to you, Note that Ten Million Dollars Only (US10,000,000.00) was allocated to you, Be also informed That the Fund Approvals and Authorization document was issued in your name and has been handed over to Mr. Peter Uzor.

Finally, you are advised to dissociate from any way you may have been posture to receive this money no matter your commitment to avoid

Miss information and excessive demand of further upfront payment, the account officer Mr. Peter Uzor is standby to receive your communication

and release your fund to you without further Delay, Make your contact directly to Mr. Peter Uzor

Thanks for Your Cooperation.

Dr. Donald Kaberuka
President African Development (ADB)

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