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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. John Paul." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2021 19:22:45 -0700
Subject: Attention E-mail Owner, smtpppp

Attention E-mail Owner,
This is to notify you That your funds(U.S. $4,500,000.00) has been released today to the Eco Bank. For your convenience,You Will Have to transfer Through Within 24hrs online by yourself to your local account.By of this method,You Will monitor the movement of the local funds online till your account is duly credits .

Contact the Eco Bank to Provide personnel with the login details so You Can commence the transfer by yourself.

Mr. Fred Ugo,

Best wishes,
Mr. John Paul.

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