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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: "UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 18:23:07 +0200

From United Bank for Africa ATM department
From: Mr Lucas Morgan.
Remittance Manager

Attention: Beneficiary

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract

inheritance file presently on my desk, and I found out that you

have not received your payment due to your lack of co-operation

and not fulfilling the obligations giving to you in respect to your

contract /inheritance payment. Secondly, you are hereby advice to

stop dealing with some non-officials in the bank as this is an illegal

act and will have to stop if you so wish to receive your payment

immediately. After the board meeting held at our headquarters,

we have resolved in finding a solution to your problem, and as you

may know, we have arranged your payment through our SWIFT

CARD PAYMENT CENTRE in Europe, America and Asia Pacific, which

is then instruction given by our new president, Chief Goodluck

Jonathan(GCFR) Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The funds has been accomodated into an ATM MASTER DEBIT

CARD and it is worth $1.5m (One Million Five Hundred Thousand

United States Dollars) you will be able to withdraw a maximuum of

$5000 daily with this ATM card. The following information is

needed from you to proceed with the shipment Asap

(1) Your Full Name :

(2) Your Address where you want the payment centre to send your


(3) Phone And Fax Number:

(4) Age and Occupation :

(5) Your Nearest International Air Port in your City of residence:

We shall be expecting to receive your information you have stop

any further communication with anybody or office. On this regards,

do not hesitate to contact me for more details and direction, and

also please do update me with any new development. Please

contact me on my private email:

Thanks for your co-operation.

Best Regards,

Mr. Lucas Morgan
Remittance Manager

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