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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: "william cowen" <>
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2017 06:17:11 -0800
Subject: Good Day My Dear,

Bank Name: United Bank for AFRICA London

Good Day My Dear,

I wish to use this medium to inform you that your full Payment of $5 Million United State Dollars) from Bank of England has been RELEASED and APPROVED for onward Transfer to you Via VISA CARD which you will use to withdraw all the USD 5Million Dollars in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum you can withdraw in a day is USD$ 6000 Only.

We have mandated the United Bank for Africa London to send you the VISA CARD and PIN NUMBER which you will use to withdraw all your USD$5 Million United State Dollars in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world, but as I have mentioned earlier, the maximum you can withdraw in a day is USD$6000.00

You are therefore advice to contact the bank with the below information to enable them speed on the transfer.

1) Your Full Name...............
2) Your Delivery Address........
3) Your Age.....................
4) Your Sex.....................
5) Your Occupation..............
6) Your Phone and Fax Number....

Contact the bank though their contact information listed below:

Contact Person:
Dr jerry Slydon

E-mail: Address

Finally, you are hereby advised to stop dealing with some non-officials in the bank as this is an illegal act and you have to stop if you so wish to receive your payment immediately.

Thanks for adhering to this instruction and once again accept our congratulations.
Best Regards.
william cowen

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