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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: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:15:23 +0100 (BST)

Dear Beneficiary,

This is to let you know that we have received an instruction from the United Nation by orders of the Ministry of Finance, Republic of Benin to release your Approved payment of US$20 Million Dollars via UBA BANK ATM VISA CARD which you will use to withdraw your US$20 Milli on Dollars from any ATM Machine in any part of the world.

I must thank you and assure you that UBA BANK ATM VISA CARD number 5815 5664 0345 6705; has been approved and upgraded in your favour this morning. The amount upgraded in the ATM CARD is US$20 Million Dollars, (TWENTY THOUSAND USD) and your secret pin number is 8081, Right now,

Invitation have been extended to you to visit UBA BANK Benin Republic for collection of your UBA BANK ATM VISA CARD and PIN NUMBER so that you can activate it by yourself and start withdrawing funds from any ATM Machine in your country but the amount you can withdraw in a day is $23,000, per day as we have programmed it.

Alternatively, if you are unable to visit UBA BANK Republic of Benin for collection of this your UBA BANK ATM VISA CARD and PIN NUMBER, you must therefore apply for the UBA BANK ATM VISA CARD and PIN NUMBER to be sent to you via our diplomatic courier service at your own expenses byoffsetting the following payments such as; (1) Shipment fee of the UBA BANK ATM VISA CARD to your address amounting to US$400.00. (2) Insurance Coverage of the UBA BANK ATM VISA CARD amounting to USUS$450.00.

Both payments is the sum of US$850.00 must be paid to enable us ship the UBA BANK ATM VISA CARD to your address to enable you start withdrawing your US$20 Million Dollars from any ATM machine in any part of the world. This UBA BANK ATM VISA CARD must be insured so that it can get to you without any problem and diversion. This is because this ATM CARD that can
be use to withdraw funds from any ATM Machine in every part of the world.

Secondly the officer in charge is .Hon Williams Edward, contact them via above with all your detail, by contacting them to Atm card payment centre of {UBA Bank Plc}, so contact the ATM swift card centre on this email.( phone number +229-98-59-07-06  the general manager name Hon Williams Edward.

And make sure you do forward to them your full information’s such as. (1) your full name.(2) Address where you want them to send the card through diplomatic courier Service (P.O Box not accepted). (3) Your full name and total amount you are expecting, Instead of losing your fund. (4) you’re direct telephone numbers. (5) A copy of your international passport. Please indicate to the card centre the total sum you are expecting and for your information, you have to stop any further communication with any institution or office until you receive the Atm card. Note: because of impostors, we hereby issue you, your pin code of conduct tag number, which is (8081) so you must have to indicate this code when contacting the card centre. We await your urgent response.

So, if you cannot come to UBA BANK of Republic of Benin for collection of your UBA BANK ATM VISA CARD, you must therefore kindly go right now To western union and send this shipment and insurance fee of US$850.00 via Western Union Money transfer with the details below And write your MTCN number down and your sender name below down the details

Receiver's Name..Okafor Sunday
Country.. Benin Republic
City.. Cotonou
Text Question..WHEN
Text Answer...NOW
Amount $850.00

As soon as the fee is received, we shall immediately dispatch the UBA BANK ATM VISA CARD to you and it will take only 2 days to arrive to your address to enable you start withdrawing funds that same day from any ATM machine nearest to you.

Thanks for your understanding and we are waiting for your quick reply and the payment information.

This massage is coming from.
Foreign Contract Payments
+229-98 59 07 06
Dr Williams Edward


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