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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: Ms OLivia Barbara Tettey <>
Reply-To: Ms OLivia Barbara Tettey <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:37:17 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attn:Beneficiary, This is to officially notify you that the International Monetary Funds have instructed the United Bank for Africa (UBA) to issue you an ATM Card valued $5.4 Million Dollars, with which you can withdraw $7000 daily. All you have to do is apply and collect, the application fee is $280 only, I have the reference number of the transaction and also I have the number of the official who is directly in charge get back to me so that I will let you know how to contact the officially in charge o

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