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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Accountant Monday Orji" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:39:43 -0700
Subject: **SPAM** Urgent response needed.

>From the desk of Mr.Monday Orji
Union Bank of Nigeria Plc

Dear Friend,

I Am Mr.Monday Orji the director in Charge Of Auditing and Accounting Section of (Union Bank Of Nigeria Plc) with due respect and regard, I have decided to contact you on a
business transaction that will benefit the both of us at the end of the transaction. In order to transfer out the sum of (US$10 Million) Ten Million United State Dollars) from one
of the leading banks in Nigeria Union Bank Of Nigeria Plc into a foreign account provided, I need a foreigner who is reliable and honest person who is capable and fit to receive
this money through a bank to bank wire transfer.

During the course of our auditing last month, I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in the bank in 2013 and since 2016 nobody has operated on this account again, after
going through some old files, I discovered that the owner of the account did not states any Next Of Kin, hence the money is floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it
will be forfeited for nothing by our management.

The owner of this Account is Engineer{Fredrick} a foreigner,and an industrialist,and no other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it, the account has no other
beneficiary and my investigation prove to me to be perfect and risk free. However, I am revealing this to you believing in God that you will never let me down when the money is
transferred into your foreign nominated bank account. at the conclusion of this business, I will give to you 40% of the total amount, while 55% will be for me and 5% percent will
be used for any expenses we might run into during the processing of the fund Transfer.

Am looking forward to hearing from you. Reply me back at this alternative E-mail address: ( can include your telephone or mobile number for easy

Best Regards
Mr.Monday Orji
Urgent response needed.

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