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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 Carlos Pot <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 23:33:54 -0800
Subject: Payment

Dear Esteemed Customer,
We have deposited your compensation/Outstanding payment with Ora bank,
we deposited it with the bank due to our inability to transfer huge
amounts of funds through western union or moneygram money transfer
service. One Million eight hundred and fifty thousand United States
dollars, $1,850,000.00 USD Compensation funds is to be paid to you.
Everything relating to the release of these payments are now under the
control and supervision of the bank. Your payment is now 100%

Kindly provide them with your information/data for the remittance of your funds.

Bank Name : Orabank
Contact Person: Carlos Pot Mevi

You are to provide the following information.

Your full name:
Your phone number:
Your address:

Best Regard
Chris Bomumcha Jr
Director western Union.

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