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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: Mark Collins <>
Reply-To: Mark Collins <>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 12:49:22 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Here is your registration code (DHJKT00678G)

Here is your registration code (DHJKT00678G)

UBA Bank Head Office Plc has finalize all the necessary
arrangement and your FUND $2.8millionusd has been approved by the board of
directors of UBA BANK, you will receive your ATM VISA CARD as soon as you contact
the united bank managing director Mark Collins, with this following
information for Re- Confirmation, Know that you be the one to pay for
the delivery charge of the card, So please contact director Mark Collins
with your full information as required bellow....

Your, Name-----------------------------
Your, Address---------------
Your, Country--------------------
Your, City-----------------------
Your, Post code-------------
Your, Tell-----------------------
Your, age--------------
Your, occupation----------------
Your, Id-------------------------

Forward the information to Director Mark Collins through this
Email:( )Or Call Him On tell phone:+229-68672731

From Hon Mrs. Katie Allen Adams

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