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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. Smith Daye" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2019 05:09:07 -0500

THE MANAGEMENT OF UBA BANK ( PLC ) Of Nigeria .Wishes to inform you that
we are in receipt of our ATM CARD issued in your favor with amount of
$4.5MILLIOM USD only, from DHL and they told us to cancel the ATM
CARD,That you have refused to pay their delivery fee of your ATM CARD
which is $150usd.

And you are now advised to contact our Director General and tell him what
is going on and why you ask DHL to destroy your ATM MASTERCARD. Contact
our DIRECTOR GENERAL Mr. Tony Moore, on this email;
( or phone (+234 809 114 7858) and send your
name, address and telephone
number to him in case you still want to receive your ATM CARD, Hence he
will cancel your ATM CARD. So contact

Mr. Tony now we have been waiting to hear from you first, To know if you
still want to receive your ATM CARD or not. Before we will
take any action.

Thank you.
With my best regards,
Mr. Smith Daye

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