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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: "Rev. Omede Joshua Patrick" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2011 07:34:14 +0100 (BST)
Subject: MONEY GRAM REF NUMBER: 5645-3563



                                                                             UBA BANK HEAD OFFICE
                                                                      741 Rue des Francisains Adidogome
                                                                             Benin Republic  / Lome broader
                                                                                              P.O Box 9263
Dear Valued Customer,
Dear  Sir,
Greetings, am very sorry for taken too much of your time at this moment but please try to understand and bear with me as soon as you go through this urgent message, since this is not the first i am sending you this message, please know that the only thing left for you to do now is to pay the (A.R.O) Authorization Release Order of $77.00USD which is the only charges you will be ask to pay.

This are your funds which is already in our system to transfer to you and it will be release to you as soon as you pay the (A.R.O) Authorization Release Order fees of $77.00USD

This is your (1) Ref-control number of $20,000.00USD:

Sender Name:    Rev. Omede Joshua Patrick
Ref Number:       5645-3563    -  
Amount:             $20,000.00USD
Question:            Paid to ?
Answer:             Received

For us to give you the complete information's is for you to send the requested fees/charges to our cashier directly    Mr. Simeon Nwabunne

Receiver Name

Receiver Name:      Mr. Simeon Nwabunne
City                             Cotonou
Receiver Country:    Benin Republic
Question:               who made?
Answer:                God
Amount:                $77.00USD

We assure you that as soon as you send the $77.00USD via western union or Money-Gram your funds will automatically release to you before 20min's time, so I hope to hear from you soonest to precede your transfer immediately.
Your's Sincerely,
Rev. Omede Joshua Patrick
Managing Director (Foreign Dept)
UBA Bank Money-Gram Office,
Call me at +229-6656-7551
E-mail address <>

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