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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,Benard Otti" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 15:25:35 +0100
Subject: This is very urgent and your attenation is needed.

From; Benard Otti(Director).
Union Bank Plc,
54 Breadfruit Street,
off, Broad street Way,
Marina Lagos,Nigeria.
Dear beneficiary,
In our office sometime last month, One Mr. John T.Philips of 1200 Fitch
Way, Sacramento, CA. 95864 USA filed an application contrary to your
Pending fund transfer. The above mentioned person visited this Bank
yesterday with a power of attorney given in his favor by your good
self, granting him the benefit to process and claim your inheritance
of $35,000,000.00(Thity Five Million United States Dollars Only) for
personal reasons.
He further Stated that the online account be terminated while the fund
should be wired to his Bank account with Bank of America, Routing
Number 121000358. We have asked Mr. John T. Philips to come back to this
Bank within 48hours to enable us have a personal confirmation from
you, being hitherto the beneficiary.
Our office needs to know:
1. Did you instruct one Mr. John T. Philips of 1200 Fitch way,
Sacramento, CA. 95864,USA to claim and receive the payment of your fund on your
2. Did you sign any 'Deed of Assignment' in his favor thereby making
him the current beneficiary?
We are sorry to have delayed your instruction in giving out this fund
since we must adhere to the procedures of this honorable bank by
making sure this request is verified and confirmed by You the beneficiary
and his existing attorney.
Your confirmation to the above will be appreciated. We look forward to
hearing from you soon.
Best Regards
Mr, Benard Otti
Remittance Director

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