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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: "Mrs. Comfort Aboh" <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 22:52:57 +0500

Head Office: Wema Bank Towers
112 Marina Road, Marina. Lagos .


In our office today was the presence of One Mr. Peter R. Kwett of 2613 Walnut Avenue, Carmichael, California 95608-4734, USA and a Nigerian lawyer filing application contrary to your pending fund transfer.

The above mentioned people visited this Bank yesterday with a power of attorney given in his favor by your good self, granting him the benefit to process and claim your inheritance of US$10,000,000.00(Ten Million
United States Dollars Only) for personal reasons. He further Stated that the online account be Terminated while the fund should be wired to his Bank account with Citibank N.A, California, USA.
Account Number # 40018190666, Routing Number# 321171184

My office has asked Mr. Peter R. Kwett to return back to the Bank within 48hours to enable us have a personal confirmation from you being hitherto the beneficiary. We are sorry to have delayed your instruction in giving out this fund since we must adhere to the modus operandi of this honorable bank by making sure this request is verified and confirmed by the beneficiary and his existing attorney.

Your confirmation to the above will be appreciated as we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Comfort Aboh
Manager, Wema Bank Plc

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