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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Chiedu Okonta" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2017 15:50:15 -0700
Subject: Compensation As A Fraud Victim

located at Liberia Road, Heritage Tower, Ambassadorial, Ridge, Accra 12345, Ghana
PHONE: +233 231648174
FAX: 233 277139322


I am Chiedu Okonta, director cash processing unit, UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA [U.B.A the only bank appointed by the O.A.U. Members lead by President Robert Mugabe.

Because of the frauds going on in West Africa countries where some innocent beneficiaries were asked to pay in advance before receiving their money owed to them.

The above Africa union held meeting in Ghana and resolve to pay all beneficiaries in cash through means of diplomatic courier service. We receive your files from international monetary fund (I.M.F.) as one of the beneficiaries.Take note; three thousand united state dollars (USD$3,000) have been mapped out for all expenses in taxes and other documents that matters

Therefore, I want you to bear it in mind that your total fund will be no more One million five hundred thousand united state dollars ($1.500,000.00) but One million four hundred and ninety seven thousand united state dollars ($1.497,000.00).before we can precede further the progress of this delivery. To this end we request you to reconfirm below information to ensure accurately delivery.

Country of origin:
Nearest Airport:

Chiedu Okonta
Director cash processing unit
United Bank for Africa. (UBA).

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