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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 James okwe <>
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2021 12:23:53 -0800
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend,

Good to inform you that the transaction went successful in getting
those funds transferred with the co-operation of a new partner from
Cayman Island. At the moment, I am in Cayman Island for investment
projects with my share of the total funds.

In the light of this, I have decided to compensate you with the sum of
US$900,000.00 only for your past efforts and assistance to help me
transfer the funds despite we could not conclude it. The money
(US$900,000.00) has been issued on an ATM Card of Union Bank PLC, to
enable you withdraw a maximum of $9,000.00 daily from any Automated
Teller Machine Worldwide.

You are therefore to contact my Account Officer and do send him Your
Full Name, Contact Phone Number and Address where you want your card
to be sent to you thus,


Please, do let me know immediately you receive it. I am very busy here
in Cayman Island because of the investment projects, which the new
partner and I are having at hand. So, feel free to get in touch with
him to send your card to you without any delay.

Best Regards,
Mr James Okwe.

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