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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Hon. Peter Jeria" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 16:33:23 -0800
Subject: CONTACT CORIS BANK (C.A).207.77

Due to the shortage of foreign currency and the inabilities to pay you through a telex bank to bank transfers, we have resolved that you contact our Bank manager (CORIS BANK) for official clearance/Remittance of your Fund with no liens or encumbrances with their Online banking transfer systems which the bank will issue the bank login details to monitor/or track the transferring online until the funds digest into your bank account within 24 hours Name: CORIS BANK (C.A) Address:No10 Lomnava Senade Cotonou TOGO Contact Name: HON. PETER JERIA Email ( ) Hon. Peter Jeria

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