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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: "Mrs.Lucein Ovia" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2021 08:51:30 +0100

UNITED BANK Heights Plot 87 Ajose
Adeogun Street, Cotonou Benin Republic

Attn: Payment Notification,

This is to bring to your notice that I have paid the re-activation fee
and the delivery of your Cashier's Cheque. I paid it because your
Cashier's Cheque worth $9.3 million inside has less than Thirty days
to expire and when it expires the money inside will go into the
government purse.

With that I have decided to help you pay the money so that your
Cashier's Cheque will not expire because I know that when you get your
Cashier's Cheque definitely you must pay me back my money and even
compensate me for helping you . Now I want you to contact UPS DELIVER
COMPANY with your full delivery information such as.

Here is the information they needed from you:

1) Your Name:...
2) Country:.....
3) Telephone:...
4) Home Address:..
5) Age:.....
6) Identity Card Or Passport:...

so that they can deliver your Cashier's Cheque to your designated home
address without any more delays .like I stated early the delivery
charges has been paid but their official keeping charges was not yet
paid since they refused and they did it because they do not know when
you are going to contact them and official keeping charges might have
increase they told me that their official keeping charges is $25 , per
day and I deposited it on the 14TH of September 2021. call him as soon
as you receive this email.

Below is their contact Information.

Contact person: Mr.Mike Dennis
Phone number: +229-67573205

contact them today to avoid an increase of their official keeping fee,
and let me know once you receive your Cashier's Cheque

Mrs.Lucein Ovia

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