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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.Edward Tony" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2021 23:52:06 -0800
Subject: Contact the UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA

This is to notify you that your funds valued Three Million Five
Hundred Thousand united states dollars (U.S. $3,500,000.00) has been
released today to the UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA For your convenience, You
Will Have to transfer Through Within 24hrs online by yourself to your
local account.By this method, You Will monitor the movement of the
local funds online till your account is duly credited.

Contact the UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA to Provide you with the login
details so You Can commence the transfer by yourself.

CONTACT PERSON: Mr. Robert Hammer
Phone Number +229-68713915

Mr.Edward Tony,

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