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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: (Remy Paul)
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 01:12:11 +0700
Subject: Regards


Dear Sir ,

You might be surprised that I have not written you for along time , the reason is very simple because I found out that Union Bank was no longer in position to handle the transfer of your funds .

And all these while I have been making frantic effort to have the entire $5million paid to you via ATM card through The United Bank for Africa . I wish to inform you that your payment file has been forwarded from Union Bank To United Bank for Africa . I will give you full details as soon as I hear from you . I will be waiting to hear from you on receipt of this mail because it is very urgent .


Mr Remy Paul

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