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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.Shannon Cook" <>
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2021 23:35:08 +0100
Subject: (GB009GB)

Dear Beneficiary,

This is to bring to your notice that the issuing bank (U.B.A BANK) has
released your

Compensation fund value(US$1.500,000.00 Dollars) the fund has presently been

credited into an ATM CARD,The ATM CARD have been programmed by the
issuing bank with

the instruction from the United Nation,note that the issuing bank has
packaged the

ATM with secret code and registered it with EXPRESS COURIER DELIVERY

delivered to you.

Your ATM card and the Security pin code has been credited in your favor,your

personal Identification package registration number number is
(GB009GB) Use this

registration code (GB009GB) as your subject of your email when contacting the


Take note that all delivery charges has been paid Except their security keeping

charges they will let you know the amount as soon as you have
contacted them with

the below information i would have paid it but they said no because
they dont know

when you are contacting them.

According to the approval of your ATM CARD by the (U.B.A BANK) manager of the

issuing bank,the maximum amount sign for you to be withdrawing is sum
of $7,000 usd

only daily,till you withdraw all your total fund credited on your ATM account(Us

$1.500,000.00 Dollars)Below is the courier contact details so contact
the director

in charge immediately this email gets to you today.

Dhl Director Name: Dr. Andy Lugard

Provide them your full contact details/Profile as stated below:

1.Your full name................
2.Contact Address..........
3.Country Of Origin......
4.Private telephone number...................
5.Attached any of Your Identification Copy.....

Yours faithfully,
Mrs.Shannon Cook

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