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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: "unitedbank. forafrica" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:11:17 -0300
Subject: International Treasury Department

International Treasury Department
Contact Person Mr. Robert Vincent.
Email {}
Address 635 East 8th Street
Holland, Michigan 49423 City United State Province/State Country/
United State

Attention and Greetings:

I am Mr. Robert Vincent, The Chair person in charge of Treasury
International wire transfers of United State Federal Ministry of

I want to inform you that your Payment File was brought to my desk
today to
Cancel because the director & management of the WESTERN UNION MONEY
transfer have declared to divert your fund to the government treasury
account just because you can not pay the signed wire transfer fee. In
reasoning wisely to this complain i told them to wait until i hear from
today so that i will know the reason why you decide to rejected such
of money USD$800.000.000.00 which is your rightful & legal overdue
inheritance payment just because of signed wire transfer fee.

The reason why i sent this email to you is because its your sweat and
this reason you still have this last chance to claim your fund if you
send USD$1.500.00 today because i have already arranged your wires
for its daily wires to you but failing to do this, i will allow them to
have power over your fund and am very sorry if you failed as this is
last chance.

Therefore, send the USD $1.500.00 immediately you receive this email
and email your full name and address to me if you want your USD
$800.000.000.00 be send to you by western union money transfer but the
maximum amount officially allow for it per day day wire to you is USD
$50,000 per day until you receive your complete USD $800.000.000.00

The second option is for you to send me the full detail of your bank
account if you want your fund be fully transfer by direct bank to bank
transfer to your account at once. After you have sent the $1.500.00 and
email me the mtcn numbers, you are to indicate your wish to receive
funds as i have stated above and the funds will be release to you
any hitch.

Here is the western union information in the name of our accountant to
avoid delay in receiving your fund and remember that i have done my
for you and i will make sure that your wire transfer will begin to be
releasing to you from the moment you sent this $1.500.00.

Send the $1.500.00 now and send me email with the western union Copy of
transfer slip immediately you send the money ,

Receivers Name:........Ude Emeke
City : .......COTONOU
Test Question:.. God is
Answer :.. Good.
Amount to send: ...$1.500.00
Sender's name.......

Send it and Attached us the western union copy of the transfer payment
slip.for easy collection.. We are waiting for your reply with the
of the transfer slip of the $1.500 usd immediately you send it today..

Thanks .
Mr. Robert Vincent.
Email {}
Treasury Department, International
Wire transfers, Federal Ministry of Finance United State

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