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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: A <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 11:19:23 +0300



Be inform that We have been authorized by the United Nations Debt
Reconciliation Unit,to release your approved compensation and Award of
US10.2m However, for security reasons, your funds has been
loaded in MASTER CARD and this will enable only you to have direct
control over it. You are advice to contact our director of CARD Payment
Center Rev Ken Obi Whatssap number +234 70 106 71 653 or Email and request him to send your CARD to you.

Now contact Rev Ken Obi with your information below:

1. Your Full Name:
2. Address
3. Age:
4. Occupation:
5. Telephone Numbers: Whatsapp
6. Country:

You're expected to respond in swift to enable us commence the delivery

Best Regards
Uzo Ego

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