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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: "United Bank for Africa" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:30:47 +0300
Subject: Attention Dear.

United Bank for Africa
Akpakpka, Benin Republic

Attention Dear

Have you made up your mind that you did not want this fund $35.5m again. I
am writing you this mail just to inform you that i have waited too much for
this fees and the directors of this bank and Nigerian Government has
informed us that we returned this fund $35.5m to them if your are not
interested in receiving it. I told you the order day that the only fees
that you need to send to receive this fund is $125. By the end of today if
i did not hear from you or receive this fees then i will follow the
instructions of the Nigerian Government. You are free now to send the fees.
Do not use because of $125 to loose your fund which is very bad. If you
this fund was transferred to Nigeria Account then it is no more your fund
and your name on it will be deleted. So try harder today to send this lasta
nd final fees and have your fund release to you now before it is late.

Send the fees through western union but if you can not use western union
then buy iTunes card and send.

Receiver name: Obioma Maduka
Receiver City:Lagos
Receiver Country:Nigeria
Text Question:How
Text Answer: How

Give me the MTCN Number after the payment.

We thank you for choosing this bank

Mr Oscar Carter Jr
United Bank for Africa
Benin Republic Cotonou

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