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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: "Claire Jeffrey" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:39:52 -0800
Subject: BANK ALERT.

Dear Friend,

We here by wish to notify you that this office {UBA UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA Republic of Benin} has been mandated to issue out your payment of $3.5m USD through an ATM MASTER CARD. You have to stop further communication with any other person(s) or offices to avoid any hitch in receiving your fund. Kindly contact our ATM DEPT today, they are in position to release your ATM CARD to you: with your delivery information such as, Your Name, Your Address and Your Telephone Number:

NAME; Mr. Michael Chevers
Foreign Payment Department.
Phone Numer:+22962356499

Let me know once you receive your ATM card from them.

Best Regards
Dr.Claire Jeffrey
UBA Republic of Benin.

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