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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: "Dr. Ihiego Uwah" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2019 20:49:23 -0700
Subject: Attention FINAL NOTICE...

Attention Sir,

In line with our three previous mails to you which you have not responded to, we are once again writing to confirm from you if the below name and account number as forwarded is representing your interest subject to your compensation fund as approved by this administration.

Account Name: WINDIS Investment Limited,
A/C #: 3437970,
Swift Code: UEBECHZZ.

The account details above was forwarded by one Mr.Lawrence Pentler of America. Is he representing you? Should we release your compensation fund to the above account? Reply Immediately to enable us perfect the payment.

Best Regards,
Mr. Ihiego Uwa
Tel: +234 8128389825

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