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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: "Mrs. Gloria Mmadu" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 22:11:48 +0100

You are required to contact the Foreign Remittance Department
of the United Bank For Africa (U.B.A) today for the immediate
transfer of your $5.8M. This development is as a result of
the recent order for the U.N Compensation body and the IMF for
the release of foreign funds and assets.The above sum of money has
been approved by theFederal Ministry of Finance for immediate
transfer to you as the rightful beneficiary.

It was mandated by the Ministry ofFinance that your fund $5.8 million
be transfered to you from the U.B.A into any bank account of your
choice in guidiance with international monetary regulations.

Please contact the United Bank for Africa (U.B.A) Foreign
Remittance office today for identification and claim of the
above mentioned fund. You are to contact the Director of the
department; Mr. John Kerekou Jr. and follow the instructions
of the department for the immediate transfer of your fund.

Contact Person: Mr. John Kerekou Jr.
personal email:
Phone: +229 98802627

Contact Mr. Kerekou immediately with the above information
and reconfirm the below details for proper identification
by the bank.

Your Full Names---------------
Phone Number------------------

Yours in Service
Mrs. Gloria Mmadu
Debt Management Board;
Federal Ministry of Finance.

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