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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: "Mr. David Wright" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 22:05:14 -0000
Subject: Greetings future partner.

Greetings dear Future partner,

My Name is Mr.David Wright. I am the Manager of operations and research
unit with UBS AG Investment Bank London (UK) and would like to know if you
will be at my disposal to handle a risk free transaction with me.I have
used my position as the Manager of operations and research unit to divert
the sum of 15,500,000.00pounds (GBP) from our Investor's Capital
Management Funds under to my Portfolio and would like to know if you are
interested to work with me to receive this fund in your account without
any legal implication attached.

I await your urgent response.
Yours sincerely,
David Wright.

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