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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. Adam Dowel" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. Adam Dowel" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:07:36 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Immediate Delivery Mandated On 12th Dec 2014

 Attn: Dear, Foreign Beneficiary

This is to let you know that your compensation fund from United Nation Organization, has been final release to you after a long time investigation, your fund is now free to be release to you, through the service of UBA BANK (UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA) Please kindly Contact the DHL Courier Company Manager Mr. David Karl, for your Corporate Visa ATM Card, immediately with your full personal information's, such as full name, current City, telephone, Fax, Occupation, Age, attach of your ID,

Contact Him via Email Address bellow,
Tell: +229-9860-2792

He will be waiting to hear from you soonest with the your Information's.

Dr. Adam Dowel
Payment Coordinator

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