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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: "Elumelu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2020 15:11:46 -0700
Subject: My Dear Friend!!

My Dear Friend.
We the United bank of Africa has registered your package via DHL
Courier Express company this morning and we agreed with them that the
delivery of your ATM CARD worth of ($10.5Million.USD) will take off
tomorrow morning.
So you are told to contact us with the below information for immediate
delivery of your package.
(1) Full names ---
(2) Phone line ---
(3) Country -----
(4) Age/sex ------
(5) Occupation:---
(6)Home address:--
Below is the contact information of United bank of Africa :
Contact person: Chief Tony Elumelu
Contact us immediately with below code so that they will recognize and
respond to your email as fast as they can.NECO
Chief Tony Elumelu
Secretary General
United Bank Of Africa
Thanks for banking with us

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