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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: "Mr. Frank Obi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <unionoz777@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2019 07:49:01 -0700
Subject: YOUR URGENT ATTENTION IS NEEDED..

ATTN;  BENEFICIARY .
 
THIS IS UNION  BANK  OF NIGERIA  PLC, THE ONLY BANK THAT HAVE BEEN
APPROVED BY  UNITED NATIONS AND BRITISH GOVERNMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH
ECO-WAS TO BEEN PAYING  FOREIGN  CLIENTS TO AVOID EXCESS DEMAND FROM
MOST OF OUR COMMERCIAL BANK AND IN ORDER  TO STOP SCAM , ALL FOREIGN
PAYMENTS  BOTH CONTRACT AND INHERITANCE AND LOTTERY    HAVE BEEN
CALLED BACK TO OUR BANK FOR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT  TO THE BENEFICIARY
WITHOUT ANY  DELAY.
 
NOTE. THAT YOU ARE HERBY ADVICE  TO STOP ALL COMMUNICATION WITH ANY
OFFICE OR OFFICES YOU HAVE BEEN DEALING REGARDS TO  THIS MATTERS,
ALL OUR SECURITY UNITS IS SERIOUSLY WORKING TO TRACK  ANY ONE THAT MAY
MISLEAD YOU  AGAIN, AND PLEASE A LOT OF IMPOSTORS WILL BE CALLING
REGARDS TO THIS MATTERS  PLEASE DO NOT PICK OR ANSWER THEIR EMAIL OK,
JUST FORWARD THEM TO US FOR  INVESTIGATION.  ALL  ABOUT  YOUR  PAYMENT
HAVE BE APPROVED, WE ARE GOING TO SEND YOU  YOUR OVERDUE PAYMENT
THROUGH BANK DRAFT OR ATM CARD  SO THAT  IT WILL NOT COST YOU MUCH TO
RECEIVE IN YOUR HOUSE ADDRESS, WE WILL  SEND  YOU THE SCAN COPY OF
YOUR DRAFT BY  SOONEST , THEN I WILL GIVE YOU PAYMENT INSTRUCTION ON
HOW  YOU WILL RECEIVE THE ORIGINAL UNDER 24 HOURS,  PLEASE JUST DO
YOURSELF GOOD BY FOLLOWING ANY INSTRUCTION GIVING TO YOU BY OUR BANK.
 
PLEASE RECONFIRM ALL YOUR  INFORMATION AGAIN  I STILL CONFIRM IF YOU
ARE STILL USING THIS ACCOUNT  INFORMATION  BELOW, OUR  SECURITY IS
STILL WORKING HARD TO TRACK THE  WOMAN THAT WAS IMPERSONATING  YOU  AS
YOUR PARTNER  HER NAME IS MRS MARRY LEE. ARE  YOU STILL USE THIS
ACCOUNT UNTINGTON NATIONAL  BANK  ACCOUNT #02650926324  ROUTING
#042015422  PIKE BRANCH,  CINCINNATI, PL 45245 , ALL THIS INFORMATION
IS IN OUR CENTRAL PAYING COMPUTER  SO WE DONíT MAKE ANY MISTAKE OR
WRONG PAYMENT.
 
THANKS
 
Mr. Frank Obi
HEAD OF REMITTANCE
Phone; 2349064349807
EMAIL;unionoz777@gmail.com

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