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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: "Dr.Hassan Usman" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 10:39:08 -0400
Subject: GOOD NEWS

This is to bring to your notice that orders given by the Presidency and the
entire house of senate for the year 2018 is that my bank is the chosen bank
to pay out all foreign contract/inheritance funds.My bank was ordered after
meeting held in the presidential village to contact and proceed with payment
of your contract/inheritance Funds by informing you that the former bank in
charge of your payment via ATM card being,Zenith Bank,Union Bank,Eco Bank, UBA,
ETC is no longer in charge of this payment.

I wish to inform you that you're (10.5M) outstanding payment has been
approved and ready to be paid but we want to confirm first from you by
giving you our mode of payment this arrangement was agreed between the
Presidency and the Senate committees so take note that we have three modes
of Payment delivery via ATM CARD:

( insurance fee: $160 )
( 2 day delivery )

( insurance fee:$125 )
( 3 days delivery )

( insurance fee:$105 )
( 4 days delivery )

Also reconfirm your full information's such as

Your Full Name:
Your Address:
Your Country:
Your City:
Your Home Address:
Your Office Address:
Your Occupation:
Your Contact Home Phone Number:
Your Cell Phone Number
Your Age:
Your Sex:
Your Next Of Kin:
A Scan Copy of your Identity:

You are required to proceed to WESTERN UNION or MONEY GRAM and make the
payment of the insurance fee of your CHEAQUE while the shipping fee will be
given to the diplomat once he arrive to your country.

Receiver's Name for the insurance fee

Receivers name==== MIKE APRIL
Country ========== Benin Republic
Text Question ==== WHEN
Answer =========== 2018

You are expected to provide the needed information correctly to avoid
mistake during the delivery by any chosen courier service of your
choice,furthermore,you are advice to stop all contact with any
office,organization or individual claiming to be in charge of your
fund,After following the instructions above you will receive your CHEAQUE
without any delay,feel free to call me for oral discussions.

I will require you to get back to this office with your decision over a
Chosen mode of payment and we will take it from there,

Your urgent response will be highly appreciated

Dr.Hassan Usman
+229 69 64 98 24

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