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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: "Joe Edward" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 10:30:54 -0700
Subject: Please Reply

From: UBS Investment Bank (London)
1 Golden Lane, London.
EC 1Y 0RR, United Kingdom.
Joe Edward :Operations Manager,
How are you doing today? I hope you're good. My Name is Joe Edward,
the Operations Manager of UBS Investment Bank, London. One of our accounts
holding a balance of GBP 7,549,250.00 has been dormant for many
years.Please i am asking for your partnership in re-profiling the funds.First of
all,I will like to assure you that this transaction is 100% risk and trouble
free to both parties.I solicit for your assistance to execute this
transaction.This transaction will be covered up by me with my status
here in the bank.If you are interested to know more, email me back so we could
discuss more about this great business opportunity.
Yours Sincerely,
Joe Edward.

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