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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 Philip Oduoza <>
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 21:18:38 +0000
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?Your_Funds_=E2=82=AC5=2C800=2C000=2E00__Has_Been_Appro?=

Dear Beneficiary,

As the Coordinator/Payment Officer in charge of United Nation €5.8
Million Compensation payment exercise. This includes every foreign
contractors that is yet to received their contract claims, inheritance
fund, Lottery Winnings and people that have had an unfinished
transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government
problems and the World financial Crisis , we also extend this
compensation exercise to victims of Hurricane, earthquake, War displaced
and Aged. It is important that I notify you that your refusal to fulfill
the UBA earmarked obligation will warrant the cancellation of your
already scheduled and programmed fund release dated 16th, February 2019.

You are hereby required to treat this matter with urgent attention by
fulfilling the €690 demanded by the UBA Plc been the paying bank for
and issued from the High Court for legal backup within the next 3 days.
Note that this process will Cost you €690 including the delivery charges
of your ATM MASTER CARD only, if you are not ready and willing to
follow my official instruction by paying this €690 its better you ignore
this mail, do not reply if you don't have the €690 to receive your ATM
CARD. This is the only legitimate way to get this transfer done without
any problem.

Note that this exercise shall be rounding up by the end of this month.

We look forward to your earnest reply.

Mr Philip Oduoza

Coordinator/Payment Officer

World Bank African Regional Desk Abuja, Nigeria.

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