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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. Philip Oduoza" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Philip Oduoza" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:32:19 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attention Dear

 Attention Dear:
I Mr. Philip Oduoza (MANAGER Of UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA) I Just received a call from Mr. Martin Joe  The Director of UBA ATM CARD department office saying that ($4.2Million United State Dollars) cash payment compensation winning fund which I sent to you through ATM CARD have returned back due to wrong address You provided, They needed you to  reconfirm your Current information below:

Your Fully Name--------
Your Home Address------------
Your Mobile Phone Number------------
Your Age/Sex-----------------
Your Country----------------
Your State-------------------
Your City-------------------
Your Occupation------------
A Copy of Your International Passport...........................

Contact ATM CARD department office with following information below:

Name of Director Mr. Martin Joe,
Tel Phone: +229 98786662

Your registration codes (GL-1416) use it as your subject when contacting them,

Thanks and have a nice day.

Best Regard
Mr. Philip Oduoza
Manger of United Bank for Africa

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