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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. Joyce Adams" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Joyce Adams" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 08:55:13 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: From Hon Mrs. Joyce Adams

 UBA BANK Head Office Plc has finalize all the necessary
arrangement and your $2.8usd has been approved by the board of
directors of UBA BANK, you will receive your ATM MASTAR CARD as soon as has been registered with DHL COMPANY this
morning,contact DHL Director Mr.PETER EVANS,

with this following information for Re- Confirmation,

Your, Name--------------
Your, Country--------------------
Your, City-----------------------
Your, Tell-----------------------
Your, age--------------
Your, occupaction----------------
Your, Id-------------------------

Forward the information here ( Or Call Mr.
PETER EVANS On tell phone: +229-6131 8019

>From Hon Mrs. Joyce Adams

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