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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: "Mr. Jude Monye" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:14:45 +0100

Greetings from Mr. Jude Monye,
I am the Chief Risk Officer and Credit System Programmer with (Heritage Bank).I saw your email address while browsing through the Bank DTC Screen in
my office yesterday so I decided to use this very chance to know you. I believe we should use every opportunity to know each other better. However, I am contacting you for obvious reason of mutual benefit which you will understand, our Bank being the only Bank in Nigeria that operates a zero COT on all Accounts.
I am sending this mail just to know if this email address is OK, reply me back so that I will send more details to you. I have a very important thing to discuss with you, I look forward to receiving your repose at this or call me on the phone number below.
Have a pleasant day.
Mr. Jude Monye.
Executive Director/Chief Risk Officer
Heritage Bank.
Private E-mail:

Benh vien. ChoRay
201b-Nguyen Chi Thanh P.12 Q5 TP.HCM
DT: 08-38554137 - 08-38554138
Fax: 08-38557267

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