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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: "ULSTER BANK PLC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2015 23:09:07 -0800

ULSTER BANK UK wish to congratulate and inform you that after the review of your Inheritance/Contract/ winning Funds Transfer release documents the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund Assessment Report, your payment file was forwarded to us for immediate transfer of a part-payment $4,500,000.00 to you from their offshore account here with us.

We therefore advise that you stop further communication with any correspondence outside this office Kindly reconfirm the below information

1.Your full names(2)Occupation (3)Age ( 4)Address (5)Cell Phone Number

DR.OWEN GREEN (Head of International Transfer Dept)

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