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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: Eco Bank <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2022 08:10:41 -0700
Subject: Attention:


We wish to inform you that we have received instruction from A.U
members lead by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to pay you the sum of
Seven million five hundred thousand Euro (€7.500,000.00) through
diplomatic hand delivery.

Due to global economic crises we have deducted the sum of €3,000 from
your (€7.500,000.00) to take care of the expenses. Therefore the total
Funds you will receive in a consignment box is Seven million four
hundred and ninety seven thousand Euro (€7.497,000.00).We have
finalized arrangements to have this delivery done with UN Courier
Company. Be informed that A.U have warned us to make sure that you
stop further communication with other fake offices who claim that they
will pay you through Western Union,Money Gram, Bank Draft/Cheque, or
wire Transfer because all of them will demand for fees.

A.U members lay the instructions down to avoid any mistake. So I want
you to assure and promise us that you will never communicate with
those fake offices before we can precede further the progress of this
delivery. To this end we request you to reconfirm below information to
ensure accurately delivery.

Your Name:
Your Age:
Your Sex:
Your Address:
Your Email:
Your Cell phone no:
Your Occupation:
Your Country of origin:
Your Nearest Airport:

This required information will form the basis of delivery
schedule.Once we receive the information your Funds will be shipped
immediately after clearance.Because of the impostors, we hereby issue
you our code of conduct which is (YD/HE/VR/FS179) so you have to
indicate this code when contacting us by using it as a subject.For
more details call me on my direct phone no: +22969903765

Patrick Akinwuntan
Director cash processing unit
Eco-Bank Benin

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