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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: "Prince Egobia" <>
Date: Wed, 01 Jan 2020 21:22:02 -0800
Subject: URGENT

Union Bank Nig Plc.
Regional Manager.

Alternation Email:

Dear Friend,

My names are Prince Egobia Okon, I work as the Regional Manager of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc. With operational office at Falomo. I have
packaged a transaction that will be of mutual benefit to both of us.
I want you to help my family received and invest the sum of
USD$10.5Million dollars my late father deposited in a bank here before
his sudden death.

My mother and I want this funds to be transferred
and invested in your country through your assistance and directive, 30%
of this funds is your percentage for assisting us.

This funds tran saction is 100% genuine and free risk. There is nothing
to be afraid of.

Please get back to me through this email address: , for more details

Prince Egobia Okons,

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