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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. " Kennedy Uzoka<>
Date: Sun, 06 Aug 2017 13:33:47 -0700
Subject: Final Notice Regarding Your Fund...

57 MARINA P.O. BOX 2406 LAGOS NIGERIA PHONE: +234 903 213 5023 On behalf o=
f the board and management of International Monetary Funds (IMF). In conjun=
ction with Organization of African Unity (O.A.U) has directed us to pay you=
one Million five hundred thousand united state dollars ($1.500, 000.00) in=
Cash through means of diplomatic courier service hand delivery. The reason=
you are receiving this fund is because the Organization of African Unity (=
O.A.U)/Interpol has arrested some of the impostors that has been scamming s=
o many innocent people, and we found your email address on their database. =
Note: You have to stop communicating with the impostors right now and you h=
ave to stop sending money to them and stop responding to their emails,we ar=
e acting according to the Directive From UN, FBI, HLS, So any email you sen=
d to them will be monitored. Take note: Three thousand united state dollars=
(usd$3,000) have been mapped out for all expenses in taxes and other docum=
ents that matters. Kindly forward your home address and direct phone number=
to this email: Regards, Kennedy Uzok=
a Director cash processing unit united bank for Africa. (U.B.A). PHONE: +23=
4 903 213 5023 FAX: 234 674 478 8273 Email:

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