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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: Morales Steven Jr <>
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2021 17:59:40 -0700
Subject: Dear Beneficially

Morales Steven Jr

Funds Release Supervisor and Chief Risk Officer of UBA Bank Director,
Cotonou Benin Republic)



Dear Beneficially

Your payment has been approved and endorsed by the United Nation
Organization authorities, you have been confirmed as the Bonafide
owner of this compensation Fund

values The sum of US$17,500,000.00 which was deposited in our bank and
we have been instructed to pay your directly via personal on-line
bank or you can provide your

new account access and we can wire your complete fund into your new account.

The Management has resolved to open a Personal On-line Banking Account
for you with our bank and then give you the on-line access which will
enable you to check and

make electronic wire transfer out to any part of the world of your
choice. We will need your opinion.
And I want to let you know that your money is free from any risk and
delay as it comes to the final steps to make a transfer to your Online
wire transfer. Or you

choose how you want this great bank to bring your complete fund to you.

Let me know that you agree and understand the importance of this
matter before we go ahead and get this matter completed for you
because we are professional in

handling international matters like this. Kindly Send the Above
information to enable us to set the account open for you.

1. Your Full Name:
2.Your full address.
3. Your Age:
4. Occupation:
5. Cell/Home Phone Number
6.Next of kin;
7; Valid ID Card

Looking forward to your next letter. Thank you for your patience.

Mr. Morales Steven Jr
Direct Phone no: +229 5503 0298

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