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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: " Mr, Philip Eriaka " < >
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:16:45 +0600
Subject: ATTN: Beneficiary,

Attn; Beneficiary,

In line with the promises made by ADIC to alleviate the burden of Depositors and Contractors whose funds may be trapped in some failed banks that could no longer meet the Bench Mark on Capitalization, To exhibit accountability and honesty,We want to inform you that Fidelity Bank Plc, would be merge with United Bank for Africa {UBA} with effect from March 2018 to arrest the urgly situation which you would have been getting in the past. We would never want you to have any problem along the way while making your withdrawals from your card. We are hereby been directed by the African regional financial regulatory body to cancel and redirect all financial transfer policy to african Apex bank {UBA}United Bank For Africa. please be comfortable with this change of financial policy as we have already concluded every proccess on changing and sending a new ATM master under the watchful eyes of security surveillance dept for you. we have already deposited it for its delivery this afternoon through a trustworthy deliver services DHL. here is the TRACKING NUMBER WWW.DHL.COM {1039881430}

Please you should educate your representative on this change of policy as it has no where to effect you in any wrong way. Finally we two people representing you here today in the person of {Mr Himm} and Mrs Faye, out of this two people who are we going to hand over your pin release order? the person will immediately go to African Development Bank {ADB} regional headquarters in ougadogou bokina faso tomorrow. Be informed that youR pin is already available as i am talking to you now, but you must confirm the receipt of your card first. if you have any question please feel free to call me on +22968327870 for more explanation. Reply immediately through this official email address;, CONTACT PERSON; Mr, Philip Eriaka.

Please inform your representatives about this development and advise them to understand the policy. we don't want you to have any problem in future while using the old {UBA} or any other master card. you have invested a lot on this and we want to prove to you the authenticity and sincerity of your fund via your master card.

Thank you for being patience for long.
Mr, Philip Eriaka.

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