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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: "Jude Mark" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 16:02:19 +0100

Anttention Beneficiarey,

I have contacted Union Trust Bank to confirm if you have received the inherited funds Bank draft of (US$6.800.000.00) which
issued by your name, but they told me that they could not send it to you because they did not hear from you since and they don't know your address where they can send it to you through courier service company. Now I have called bank to cancel any
payment regards to the draft cheque and then authorized them to transfer the payment into ATM CARD in your name which they
did.As of now be informed that all charges have been paid.

the ATM CARD is in your name all you have to do is to confirm yourcurrent information as requested below to the bank only,then your atm card will send to you immediately you confirm the information to this ATM CARD department Here are the
information you have to forward to the ATM CARD department : 1. YOUR FULL NAMES--2. Postal ADDRESS-----3. PHONE NUMBER-----4.
CELL numbers--5__.SEX---6. AGE---7.OCCUPATION----- 8. NATIONALITY-- CONTACT PERSON: DR.MIKE FRANK. Director, TM Foreign
Operation Dept. Union Trust Bank PLC Cotonou, Benin Republic. Contact Email :( Telephone number +229-931-322-23 Get

back to me once you received this mail ok.

MR Samuel Okeke

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