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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: Garry Edward <"www.">
Reply-To: Garry Edward <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 07:43:38 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention My Dear

Attention My Dear

We have deposited your ATM CARD ($9.800`000`00USD) through UBA BANK
department after our final meeting regarding your fund, All you will
do is to contact UBA director.Mr Garry Edward via email,
Tel+229 94996712 He will give you direction on how you will be receive the ATM.Remember to
send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,
Receiver's Name;Address:;Country:;Phone Number:

Best Regards
Mr.Victor Saho

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