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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. Patrick S. Martin" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:57:22 +0100
Subject: Attn: Winner,

Attn: Winner,

We wish to inform you that your email address was automatically generated during Winners Circle yearly International Online Promotions draw held in Benin-Republic.
Your email address was generated with the Ref No: 4u9y which was among 5 other Lucky winners of $12.5 Million USD (TWELVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND U.S.D) each.
We advise you to keep your winnings strictly confidential as the prize will be void if there is any double claim with the same ref number.

Furthermore, this is how you can receive your Compensation Funds Award worth the sum of $12.5 Million USD by an ATM Debit Master Card issued directly from The "UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA.

So to effect the release of your winning funds valued $12.5,000,000.00 you are advised to contact: Dr. Tony Elumelu with this contact information below!

Name: Dr. Tony Elumelu
Prize Claims Manager

Send the details below.

Your Full Names:
Mobile Number:
Home/Cell Phone:


Yours sincerely,
Mr. Patrick S. Martin

(Coordinator/ Online Publicity).
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