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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: "Barrister (Mrs) Evelyn Ukeja" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 01:36:23 +0100

>From The Desk Of Barrister (Mrs) Evelyn Ukeja,
Legal Practitioners
Attention: Esteemed Beneficiary.
We are glad to inform you that foreign Remittance / telegraphic dept of Central Bank Nigerian district has released $20, 000 000.00 US dollars into Bank Of America in your name as the beneficiary, by inheritance means.
Am highly pleased to inform you of this wonderful good news, that Your fund worth of $20 Million United State Dollars has been Approved to be release to you through Bank Of America,
Note, that your fund worth of $20 Million US Dollars is now ready for immediate crediting into your account as soon as we hear from you.
You are advised to ignore any email message you receive from Nigerian or telephone calls coming from Nigerian people, Because bank of America has taken up the mantle to advocate on your interest for the release of your fund over delayed payment owed to you by the Nigerian Government.
However, all you need to do now is to furnish me with your banking details so that BANK of America will credit your account within 24hours in accordance with Fund release order regulations.
Kindly Forward your Information such As;
{1}. Your Full Name and Address:
{2}. Your Confidential Tell, Cell and Fax Number for easier and
faster communication:
{3). Your Bank name and address:
{4). Your A/c Name and Numbers:
(5). Your Swift Code / Routing Numbers:
(6) Occupation / Marital Status:
Note, that transfer will commence immediately we received the account information.
Your Immediate Response is Highly needed to enable BANK of America commence for the transfer.
Yours faithfully,
Barrister (Mrs) Evelyn Ukeja

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