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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: Jeff Moore <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 04:23:57 -0700
Subject: Attention Beneficiary


UBA BANK has finalize all the necessary arrangement and your fund is inside
ATM CARD, I write to inform you that your ATM CARD has been arrived in our
office DHL this morning with your pin code, you advice to contact our
sectary his name is Mr Jeff Moore,he is with your ATM CARD which contains
US$4.8 Million dollars.
Email him on this email( with this below

1. Full name .............
2. Country...............
3. Contact Address..........
4. Telephone Number ......
5. Occupation .............
6. Age...................

Ask him what you will do to receive your ATM CARD, try follow the
instruction as I told you, Again you have to make it very urgent.
Mr.Dan Ogu

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