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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: "Dr. Donald Duke" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2003 03:12:17 +0100

Attention Fund Beneficiary,

This is to inform you that your unpaid compensation funds which amounts to twenty million united states of America Dollars was successfully deposited into the bank(UBA) United Bank of Africa and you are advised to contact the account officer in charge so that you can claim your funds.

You can email him or call,the info has been listed below.

Name...Mr. Kenneth Johnson
Telephone Number...+233 238 299 502

Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hope to hear from you soon.

Best Regards,
Dr. Donald Duke
Controller General

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