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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: Henry Obi <"ubaRemmitance.">
Reply-To: Henry Obi <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 01:24:55 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello,for the last time , Contact us with your needed info or
loose your funds.

AVENUE JEAN PAUL II 01 BP 2020 Cotonou,
TEL/FAX: +229-9937-6279
Hours Open: 7:30am-

With all due respect, this message is reaching you from the United bank For Africa Benin Republic, this is in

regards to your compensation fund at the tune of $1.2 MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS.
This compensation program was endorsed by the Community of West African State in absolute agreement with

United Nations {UN} to compensate some scam individuals and this reputable bank has been mandated to release

your funds to you upon verification of identity.
Multiple emails has been sent to you in regard to this and required immediate attention /response but we

never heard from you for once.
Once again, your funds is now loaded in an Automated Teller Machine Card {ATM CARD} and ready to be delivered

to you, kindly forward to us YOUR FULL NAME........ ADDRESS........a copy of your Identification card for

verification in less than 24 hours you ll be verified and be addressed to pay for delivery fee and fund

release order certificate.

NOTE: You are advice to be in contact with us before six working days.

Henry Obi
Assistance Dir. Remmitance Department.

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