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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: "Mrs. Stella William" <>>
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:13:33 +0100
Subject: Payment of your $10.7Million Via ATM CARD

From the Desk of
Mrs. Stella William
ATM Director,( UBA, Africa’s Global Bank)

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Mrs. Stella William , the Executive Director.ATM Product/ Foreign Operations, UBA, Africa’s Global Bank Lagos Branch we receive an instruction from Federal Government of Nigeria for the payment of your Contract fund through an ATM CARD medium.

We are currently handling the loading of your ATM CARD with the total value of $10,700,000.00 and wish to inform you that the ATM CARD will
be ready this week to be delivered to your designated address.

Be informed by this notice that all beneficiaries of this funds will be the one to take care of the delivery charges and the activation of
the ATM CARD as regulated by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

You are therefore advice to get back to us immediately upon receipt of this notice with reconfirmation of your above details of your full
name and postal address /your direct phone number to enable us proceed with the processing together with the delivery of your ATM CARD to
your door steps on the proposed date and time.

Thanks for your anticipated cooperation as we are ready to serve you better.

Confirm to me once you receive this mail.You can reach me on my direct
line:+2348057900841 if you have any question to ask.

Yours Faithfully

Mrs. Stella William
Executive Director.
ATM Product/ Foreign Operations
UBA, Africa’s Global Bank
Call my direct line: +234-8057900841

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