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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: "MRS.Susan Carlos" <>
Reply-To: "MRS.Susan Carlos" <>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:47:09 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Dear; Friend,

 Dear; Friend,

Ministry OF Finance has instructed United Bank for Africa ( UBA) to credit your Fund $5.75Million dollar to ATM VISA CARD to send to you through DHL courier service. United Bank for Africa has credit your fund $5.75Million dollar to ATM VISA CARD and the ATM VISA CARD will be send to you through DHL courier service as soon as you send your contact home address to them
I want you to Send your contact information to UBA BANK as it below to send your ATM VISA CARD to you through DHL.

Your Full Name:
Your Home Address:
Country AND City:
Zip/postal code
Your Occupation:
Cell Phone Numbers
Age AND Sex:

A Scan Copy of your Identity:
Below is the contact information of UBA ATM VISA CARD center for you to send your contact home address to them.
Contact person: MR. CENA EDGE
Telephone …… +229-9526-3305
Email ….. ( )

Send the above mentioned information correctly to them to avoid send your ATM VISA CARD to wrong address.
Best regard
MRS.Susan Carlos

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