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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: "Dr. Emeka Emuwa" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. Emeka Emuwa" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 06:47:54 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Re:

 HEAD OFFICE ADDRESS: PLOT 33, ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA WAY.CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, CADASTRAL ZONE,ABUJA, FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY, NIGERIA.EMAIL: Cell Phone No: +234-809 776 3801 DEAR CUSTOMER, How are you today? I am Dr. Emeka Emuwa, Director/Chief Executive Of Union Bank PLC, I am delighted to inform you that this panel which just concluded it's seating today in Abuja just released your name among the beneficiaries that has not received their payment, and this time it has been approved to pay you online wire transfer, Diplomatic cash delivery or through our newly introduced ATM Master Card method, therefore indicate your choice of receiving. we have  been mandated to pay you the sum of $10.5million from international gaming board, which is your won prize money from Shell oil promo that you won in the past 3years but fail to redeem it (your prize money). Warning: This will be the last time we will contact you in regards to this transaction and you are hereby given 7 working days to claim your won prize, failure to claim your prize within the stipulated time will result to cancellation of your prize. Therefore Kindly re-confirm to me the followings:1) Your full name.2) Phone, fax and mobile #.3) Company name, position and address.4) Profession, age and marital status. With regards to your fund you are advised to follow-up instructions only from this office, Your Reference Number (UNION/IRD/OIL/SHELL/097/2014) any mail or faxes with out your Payment Reference Number (DISREGARD IT). I waiting to read from you as urgency required
Your Faithfully,Dr. Emeka EmuwaDirector/Chief Executive Of Union Bank PLCEMAIL:

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