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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: "Mr. Philip Oduoza" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2021 20:51:56 -0700
Subject: Hello

I am Mr. Philip Oduoza (MANAGER Of UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA).The world
governing body has decided to compensate every individual in each
continent for the covid-19 pandemic. ($500, 000 Five Hundred thousand
United State Dollars) cash payment compensation fund
which has been deposited through ATM CARD. You are advised to confirm
your information to enable us deliver to you successfully without

contact person (ATM DEPARTMENT)
Mr. Ebenezer Dossou

Your Fully Name--------
Your delivery Address------------
Your Country----------------
Your State-------------------
Your City-------------------
Mobile number/WhatsApp------------------

Your registration codes (GL-1416) use it as your subject when contacting Them,

Best Regard

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