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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: Ecowas Bank Customer Service <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2019 17:35:43 -0800
Subject: Re:Important Notice Regarding Your Payment

St. Christo Road 4324 Azuela Ecowas(Ecowas Bank)
To the family of unclaimed funds
I wish to draw your attention to the above contract unclaim funds, which h=
as already been program for immediate transfer through Inter Bank to Bank w=
ire transfer.Your outstanding payment sum of $10.3 Million dollars, as I sp=
eak, your payment files has being transfer to Bank of America for immediat=
e attention. In a nutshell, Mr.Charles Bloom of Bank of America will assist=
you to ensure that you receive your payment as soon as possible. therefore=
contacts him through the information below: Charles Bloom Call or Text me=
: +1(914)801-864 Email:
Meanwhile,a surprising message was address to my office by henry walter th=
is morning who confirmed that you are dead, that you died last week of ghas=
tly motor accident and He has also submitted his account information to the=
office department for transfer of the funds to him as your Successor. I d=
o not believe the story because an attempt has been made severally to diver=
t this funds since approval for payment into another account but I always d=
ecline to append my signature hence this message to you. However, kindly re=
confirm your full names if you are alive.
Home/ office address and mobile phone number and ID CARD or travel passpor=
t for clarification.
Muhamadou Issoufou,
President of Ecowas Bank.
This email has been scanned for email related threats and delivered safely=
by Mimecast.
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