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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: <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 12:19:03 -0600
Subject: Director International Remittance

Attention: Award Winner,

United Bank for Africa Plc is a bank with business offices in 19 countries in the world including Nigeria australia plus New York, London and Paris

This is to inform you once again that Your email address have won the sum of $10.5.million ten milion five hundred thousand dollars in our just concluded Third Quarter Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) award, Which is fully based on an electronic random selection.

This payment will be programmed into an Automated Teller Machine (ATM Card) powered by MasterCard and will be delivered to your contact address by courier service.

You are required to confirm and forward to my desk the following important delivery information:

Full name .........
Home address.......
Country ............
Telephone number...
State .............
Occupation ........

Contact the Bank as fast as this mail get to you, To avoid any delay of your payment

Bank: Agent Mr Arafat Wright
Director International Remittance
Phone: +2348022849696

I anticipated your urgent response to this vital message.

IMPORTANT: This transmission may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable laws. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of the information contained herein (including any reliance thereon) is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If you received this transmission in error, please immediately contact the sender and destroy the material in it's entirety, whether it is electronic or hard copy format.

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