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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: =?utf-8?B?Sm9uYSBNb29yZW4=?=<>
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:45:09 +0900
Subject: =?utf-8?B?WW91ciBBVE0gVmlzYSBDYXJkIC4s?=

Dear Friend;

I'm here to inform you that UBA Bank Manager has instructed me to send ATM Visa Card of $2,750,000.00 us-dollar to you through courier Service.. The ATM Visa Card of $2,750,000.00 us-dollar is in my office and I will send the ATM Visa Card to you as soon as you send your contact details to me..

Send your contact details to me as it below..

Full Name............?
City and zipcode.......?
Phone number..........?
Copy of your ID or passport...?

Contact me on this email; I will go to Courier Service to send your ATM Visa Card to you as soon as you send the above mentioned details to me..

Mr. Jona Mooren

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