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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:

Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:54:45 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Western union Winner fund

Welcome to UBA Benin
United Bank for Africa (UBA) plc, Africa's global bank.
Carrefour des trois Banques Avenue Pape Jean Paul II, Cotonou, Benin
P.o.Box 01 BP 2023 Cotonou Benin
Cell: +229 68656062
Dear customer ;

This is to inform you that you are one of the western union winner of this year from West Africa Region branch. You have won your self $1.5000 000.00 United States Dollars for patronizing us over the years, your name was out from the raffle draw Box.Congratulations Once again.

Kindly send the requested information for processing of your winning funds immediately for quick release of your winning money for a proper verification of our data base.
Full Name
Tel/Cell Phone
A scan copy of your ID or ID Number

Once again Congratulation, please keep patronizing us we will keep serving you better

Cell Phone: +229 68656062
Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (GMD/CEO)

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