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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: "gil" <>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2016 04:23:43 -1200
Subject: Confirm your information


This is to inform you of your compensation payment which valued at $3.5million
dollars that was deposited in our bank, United Bank Plc,with registration code
of ( DCJKT00678G).The fund have been loaded in official ATM visa card as part
of the security measure according to the instruction from United Nation
becuase of economic meltdown/crisis.Every arrangement has been made to convey
the visa card which contain the said fund to your door step via DHL courrier
service, therefore contact the Mr Comlan Fred the remittance director on below

Contact Name: Mr Comlan Fred
Telephone Number: +229 93 01 99 15

Re-confirm your details,

1). Your full name
2). Mobile telephone number
3). Occupation
4). Your age,and your martial statue

Mrs Alice Kabore,
Secretary General,
United Bank Plc

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