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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:

Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2022 17:15:39 -0700
Subject: GOOD NEWS

Dear ,
How are you over there? I believe you are doing great and with hope
that this mail will meet you in good condition today.

I am privileged and much delighted to reach you again, after all these
while, it takes destiny and courage to remember

good friends like you and at the same time, show gratitude to you
despite unfavorable circumstances that made us separate

and disrupted our transaction, which ultimately did not work out as we
had projected then.

However, the good news is that I'm happy to inform you about my
success in getting the funds with the cooperation of a new

partner from Senegal West Africa to be precise. After our successful
transaction i found it as an obligation and humanity

to show an appreciation and compensation to your great effort so far
before leaving West Africa( Senegal) to Canada with

my partner where we are investing.

I have done my best with this little token of appreciation by securing
a bank draft/cheque in your name worth

($850,000,)Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars) through United
Bank of Africa Dakar Senegal which

acts as the intermediary for the success of the transfer.

Right now, I have submitted a written bank draft/Cheque in your name
under the care of united bank of Africa Du Senegal

Head Office because we lost contact and communication for some period
of time that was the reason i had to go through this

process. Please bear with me as i could not send it directly to you.So
right now they have agreed to transfer it to you

through ATM VISA CARD or Online banking so there will not be any form
of risk involve in the process of the transfer. I

will like you to accept offer this is from the bottom of my heart. You
have to contact them In order to resolve this

problem, ensure that you send an email to Visa Card payment centre
they will issue ATM VISA CARD and send your information

to them following listed.

Your full name.............................
Your address...............................
Your country...............................
Your age...................................
Your occupation............................
Your phone number..........................

However, kindly contact the below person who is in position to issue
and release your visa card to you.

Contact Person: Mr. Eric Joe,
Director: UBA bank Plc Visa Card Payment Department

Tel: +221 70 913 74 95

The Visa Card payment centre has been mandated to issue out your
payment without any hitches in receiving your payment.

Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of
conduct, which is (VISA CARD-8411) so you have to

indicate this code when contacting the card centre by using it as your subject.

Mrs. Clara White

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