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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: mark onyebuchi <>
Reply-To: mark onyebuchi <>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:51:00 +0000 (UTC)

Western Union Under Uba  Bank Head Office Plc has finalize all the necessaryarrangement and your fund $1.6musd has been approved by the board of directorsof UBA BANK, you will be receiving $5000 per day.
Our attorney will go to the Inland Revenue tax office to obtain a letter ofadministration tax clearance approval on your behalf from high Court.
Sender Name: Duray WilsonMTCN:  619.356.0005Question: WhenAnswer: Today
Endeavor to email him the following information for Re- Confirmation,
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Forward the information here ( Or Call Mr. Charles Jacob On tell phone: +229-98439279
ThanksFrom Hon Mr. Mark Onyebuchi(Federal ministry of finance)

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