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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: "CUSTOMER UNIT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:20:00 +0100
Subject: **SPAM** LETTER OF INTENT 23-11-2016!!

First Bank Nig Plc
Address:Samuel Asabia House
35, Marina
Lagos, Nigeria

Attention: Sir/Madam,

This is to Inform you that ATM Card Number: (7381 4902 7991 3026) worth US$950,000.00 has been accredited to your favor, you are advise to contact Rev Richard Coker on ( with the following information below.

Your Full Names,
Your Phone and fax number.,
Your Delivery address,
Your Age,occupation.
Your Next of Kin.


Customer Unit,
FirstBank Nig Plc

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