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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. Yaya .Jara." <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Yaya .Jara." <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:58:13 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: CONGRATULATION. Congratulation.

CONGRATULATION. Congratulation.

This is to officially inform you that your Email ID has being picket as the one of the lucky winner in European Enterprise Promotion Award 2014 so you are instructed to contact the paying bank in charge for the processing of your payment Mr.Aaron Bank Manager, email address:
( )  contact them now with your information for the payment of your wining prize. Below is the information needed from you (1.) Full Name: (2.) House Address: (3.)
Status: (4.) Occupation: (5.) Phone Number: (6.) Country: (7.) Age:

Please i advice you now kindly verify the uba paying bank Website: for you to know that everything is 100% real for your urgent notice because many have received their fund from this bank good luck.

You should confirm to me once you receive your funds 1.5 Million dollars to your position, for official record in
this office.

I wait for your urgent respond.
Best Regard
Mr. Yaya Jara


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