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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: "Zenith Bank" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:57:53 -0000
Subject: Your E-mail address came up in a random draw conducted in Zenith Bank

Office Of The Head
International Transfer
Operation Zenith Bank
(UK) Ltd LONDON United
Kingdom and Ireland
Tel :+44 203 389 5674
Fax :+44 704 307 1539


Your E-mail address came up in a random draw conducted in Zenith Bank
Head Office,International Transfer Operation in London UK.

I am Mr. Wehner David M. A personal accountant to the late Mr.Michael Blair who worked with Shell British Petroleum. Mr.Michael Blair a well known Philanthropist, before he died made a Will in a law firm stating that US$12.5Million (Twelve Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S. Dollarsonly) should be donated to any lucky individual Philanthropist or charitable organization overseas.

The Zenith Bank Plc is in agreement with late Mr.Michael Blair to donate the fund to any lucky individual in America, Europe, Asia and Africa in other to help improve lifes and businesses

We have made our random draw and your E-mail address was picked to receive this fund as the beneficiary of his Will. Kindly get back to me as soon as you are in receipt of our email to enable the Transfer Operation direct you on what next to do to receive this fund legally.

You are advised to Re-include the followings below:



Yours sincerely,
Mr. Wehner David M.
Head,International Transfer Operation
Zenith Bank (UK) Plc

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