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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: "Jeffrey D. Smith" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 21:36:09 +0100

Jeffrey D. Smith
Head of Dept. General Investigation/ICU
United Bank For Africa (UBA)
80A Adetokubo Ademola Str. VI

Subject: Beneficiary Sum Of US$17.9million

I Am Seeking For Your Cooperation To Present You To My Bank As The Next Of Kin To Late Richard Peterson So That The Sum Of USD17.9Million Will Be Pay To You As The Beneficiary….

For Your Information, I Am The Director Investigation Internal Control Unit and Audit Department Of United Bank For Africa, The Board Of Directors Of United Bank Of Africa Mandated Me To Look For Any Known Relation's Of The Late Richard Peterson For Payment Of His Funds, He Left Behind With Our Bank In A Deposit Account As The Beneficiary, Since, After His Death 7/3/2014,However All My Efforts Traces Abortive, That Is The Main Reason I Am Writing You This To Ask For Your Cooperation For Us To Claim This Money, Since He Is A Citizen/Nationality Of Your Country .I Only Have To Approve You, This Fund Will Be Pay To You As The Beneficiary. We Are To Share This Money Between Ourselves (You And I).I Have All The Documents We Needed To Back Up This Claim Legally.

If You Are Really Interested In This Offer You Should Contact Me Through This Email Address Only: ( ) For More InformationAnd Procedure.

Note That This Is Absolutely Risk Free Business, This Transaction Will Commence Immediately There Is Interest From You.I Await Your Response.

Yours Sincerely,
Jeffrey D. Smith

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