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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: uba bank <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 12:56:16 -0700
Subject: In God we trust.

Congratulation,the payment of your $10.5millionUSD has been resolved,Due
to the officially of this exercise and the bodies involved that needs
transparency, his decision of prompt payment was taken after the meeting
held between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the International Human
Rights Organization to grant restitution to all those who lost their money
in the hands of Nigerian.

The restitution granted to you is US$10.5million) If you had spent more
than that, you have to take It just like that and leave the rest for
God.Contact this email ( or call me with this

I will be of personal assistance to you seeing that you receive your due
In God we trust.
Awaiting your reply
Mr Johnson Eze

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