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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.Andrew Ukoh" <>
Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2019 15:20:39 +0100
Subject: CONTACT: Mr. Collins Umah

Hello my good friend.

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family?, You may
not understand why this mail came to you.But if you do not remember me,
you might have receive an email from me in the past regarding a
multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded.I am
using this opportunity to inform you that this multi-million-dollar
business has been concluded with the assistance of another partner from Thailand who
financed the transaction to a logical conclusion.

I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund
into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you.But I
want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out of
my bank to my new partner's account in Thailand that was capable of
assisting me
in this great venture. Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust
worthiness You showed during the course of the transaction.I want to
compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of

I have left a certified international bank draft for you worth of
$1,200,000.00 cashable anywhere in the world. My dear
friend I will like you to contact my secretaryr Mr Collins Umah, on her
direct email address at: for the
collection of your bank draft. I authorized her to release the Bank
draft to you whenever you contact her regarding the draft. At the
moment, I'm very busy here because
of the investment projects, which I and the new partner are
having at hand.

Please I will like you to accept this with good faith as
this is from the bottom of my heart,Also comply with Mr Collins Umah's
directives so that she will send the draft to you without any delay.

CONTACT: Mr. Collins Umah
My Secretay, Cotonou, Benin Republic,
Her email address:

Therefore, you should send her the followings:

(1). Your full Name
(2). Your addres where to deliver your cheque
(3).Your telephone number/and fax
(4). Your correct e-mail addres.

Thanks and God bless you and your family.

Hoping to hear from you after you received your cheque so
that we can
share the joy together.

Andrew Ukoh

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