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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: "Mark Jones" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:19:09 -0700

Good News:

Having reviewed all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer of your USD7.8 Million Dollars and your inability to meet up with some charges levied against you due to the past transfer options, We are the Board of Directors, United Bank for Africa UBA has issue you a CORPORATE ATM CARD also registered it with DHL to delivery to you.

Contact Dhl Director, Mr.Harrison Wilson,
Tel:+229 99 368 172

With your Full name Delivery Address Your Country and Phone Number note that A Tax/Stamp Duty MUST be procured according to the New Customs Creed and the essence to ensure a hitch-free delivery

Mr Mark Jones

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