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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 Dan Ike <>
Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:10:31 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Atten

To this effect, the appropriate authorities (Economic Community of
West African States and America Governments) has decided
not to deliver bank draft to foreign clients from African anymore due
to a lot of complains that beneficiaries are not cashing their money
after fees has been paid.
Our UBA bank wants you to understand that everything is in order,
(Ecowas High Court West Africa) instructed us to pay you via w/u money
transfer and total of your wining fund is $4,5m only.

To enable us start the transfer, please include copy of
your identity for proper reprogramming for the transfer straight to
your names to enable you has access to pick you firsr $5000 immediately
you receive it.this is what we need from you such as

Receiver's name:.....
Phone number:................
Id copy..............

Your fund will transfer to you through Western Union
and our transfer charge will cost you sum of $198.00 only.
Mr Dan Ike
PHONE NO:+229 98492837

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