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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: JAMES UDA <>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2023 21:37:53 +0100

I am contacting you now base on the issue in my office this morning
your payment file which contain your $4,300,000.00USD was brought to
my office by the Bank of Africa here in Nigeria who ordered me to sign
the cancellation of your payment file and I asked him why and he said
that you are not interested and insult him because they told you to
pay the fee to receive your funds.

So therefore, I decided to write you because I followed the law and I
will not be against anybody in this world and I think that maybe he
has a little problem with you. I have not touched your payment file
untill I hear from you because I have a human sympathy.

You are advice to reconfirm the following below information if you are
still interested in receiving your funds to avoid mistakes for the
delivery of your funds.
1. Full Name:............
2. Address:..............
3. Country:..............
4. Occupation:...........
5. Phone Number:.........
6. WhatsApp Number:......

So my dear I need to know exactly what happened and if you are still
interested in receiving your funds then get back to me now so that I
will give you information where to send fee and receive your funds
through my position and power.

Yoururgent reply is needed.

Chief Justice James Uda
WhatsApp Number/Cell Ph.+2348067201316

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