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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.Chritain Albert" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2019 13:23:40 -0700
Subject: Your new Online Bank info

This is to confirm to you that your total sum of $10.500,000.00usd has been sent back to Africa and deposited to Ora Bank Benin Nigeria for quick Online processing where you can make your Online transaction at will 24/7.

At this point, what is needed from you is your
full Names,
zip code,
Next of kin if any,
Date of birth and your direct phone numbers for alert.

Thanks as i wait for your quick response
David Obiako

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