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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. Donald Duke" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2019 08:53:48 -0700
Subject: Attention Fund Beneficiary !!!

Attention Fund Beneficiary,

This is to inform you that your compemsation settlement funds which amounts to the sum of twelve million united states of America Dollars was successfully deposited into the bank(UBA) United Bank For Africa and you are advised to contact the account officer in charge for more information on how to claim your funds. The info has been listed below.


Thanks and God bless, hope to hear from you soon.

Best Regards,
Dr. Donald Duke

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