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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: Reverend Adams Nwachukwu <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:37:32 -0700
Subject: Attention Fund Ordering recipient.

International Payment Director
Union Bank Nigeria Plc.
Postfach 8098 Union,
Union Clearing Number: 230
Postal Account:80-2-2
36,Broad St.Marina,Lagos-Nigeria.

Attention Fund Ordering recipient.

We found your name and email address on the List provided to us by the
contacting you. You have been recommended by THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL
CRIMES COMMISSION (EFCC) Nigeria, to receive the sum of $1.5M, as a scam
victim from this bank which is based on the current legislative payment
agreement between our ordering customer,the Federal Government of Nigeria
and the United Nations which authorized this payment for you.

Our Bank as a member of the financial services compensation scheme
established under the financial services and market act 2000 31st
December,is subjected to pay all outstanding debts within the West African
Economic Areas and Deposits denominated in all currencies and treated alike.

To ensure we carry out our normal payment procedures accurately and to help
in continually improving our services and interest of security; we
therefore demand that you send us your proper identity to confirm your
person as the beneficiary. We shall also require you to confirm your
acceptance to receive this fund.

Please indicate correct telephone number, address and real receiving Bank
details. Any information that is not correct may likely prohibit us from
making transfer. Your information will be treated with utmost security and
shall be used for services related reasons.

We would like to inform you that our Bank shall be making transfer to your
account immediately you reconfirm your bank account as we are not certain
with this bank account below submitted on your behalf by the some other
people here,Be informed that there are several accounts submitted for your
payment by the Nigeria Government We do not know into which account to
effect your payment.

You are hereby required to reconfirm your bank account immediately as your
immediate compliance to this will expedite actions on your Payment because
here in this office, we have a lot of listed victims to be settled.

Awaiting your swift response.

Yours faithfully,

Rev.Adams Nwachukwu
Union Bank Nigeria.

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