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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: "Ukeja" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:20:12 -0800
Subject: Your Payment of $10.7 Million US Dollars

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 $10,700,000.00 US dollars into Bank Of America in your name as the beneficiary, by inheritance means.
Note, that your fund worth of $10.7 Million US Dollars is now ready for immediate crediting into your account as soon as we hear from you.
However, all you need to do now is to furnish me with your banking details so that the 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.
Yours faithfully,
Barrister (Mrs) Evelyn Ukeja

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