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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 David Hilliard." <>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 03:25:11 -0300
Subject: Attention : Beneficiary

We would like to inform you that your total funds of $18.9 million have
been arranged to be transfer to your personal account via online banking
transfer, kindly contact UBA Bank now with your banking details for them
to open your online account for you, Note that FBI and UNITED NATIONS
both CBS is aware of this transaction and handle over to UBA Bank, The
reason for FBI and UNITED NATIONS both CBS are aware of you to avoid
anything that will cause you to complain that you are not receiving your

Here is their contact details ;
Email :
Phone Number ; +(234)814-425-8311.
Address : Bridgehead, Fegge, Onitsha,

Thank and kindly be contact with them right away because once they
confirm your details or email they will open your account with UBA Bank,

I await on your update, Yours in service

Dr David Hilliard.

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