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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.Tony Elumelu <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2023 08:09:52 -0700
Subject: Good day

Good day
This is Tony Elumelu the Group Managing Director/CEO at United Bank for Africa Plc,Your payment file was about to be canceled because you refused to pay the needed fees for your fund release so why did you want to abandon such an amount of fund worth a sum of 4.5 million dollars?.

Do you know that this fund can change your life totally I would have cancel it but I decided to email you first and know the reason why as A good man before I can go ahead and cancel it.I advise you to read this email and reply back to me immediately with the delivery fee and also your address where to deliver your fund To such as

Your Full name____
Your county __________
Your city__________
Nearest airport___
Your home address_
Your pone contact_
Your age_________

I look forward to hear back from you as soon as possible or else your fund will be cancel within 48hrs. I permit you to send me WhatApps message to below number +234-701 454 5298

Mr.Tony Elumelu

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