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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: "Ekewi Mark" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 00:06:16 -0700

Dear Customer,

I was Directed by our Customer Mr Peter Thomas to release USD 500,000.00$ Thousand Bank Draft to you, Be Inform that the Bank Draft was issued by this Bank From Mr Peter Thomas account in U.B.A Bank. You can cash anywhere with this authentic Bank Draft, You are required to Confirm your information where the Bank Draft will be send to you. Your Phone Number is also needed for easy communication as soon as you confirm your information this Bank will send the Bank Draft to you immediately or if you need us to make it Bank to Bank Transfer we can help you. And we can transfer it via ATM Card, You can withdraw the money at any point in your country or any country you want.

U.B.A Bank
Yours Sincerely,
Ekewi Mark.

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