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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: "Dr Boni George" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2013 15:22:44 -0600

Dear Valued Customer.

The management of UNITED BANK OF AFRICA (BIACASH ATM CARD) wish to inform you that your outstanding Compensation funds valued of $3.5 Million Us Dollars has been approved for release by the authority of Ministry of Finance Republic of Benin at the alliance with United Nations Debt Review Panel Francophone Quarter. UBA Bank master card payment we be issuing to you under the UNITED BANK OF AFRICAN BRANCH HERE.

The Card Center will be sending your ATM Card which was made to be using only for American account holder to withdraw your money from any ATM Machine or banks in any part of the World. You will be allowed to withdraw a maximum of $18.000.00 Eighteen Thousand United States Dollars daily bases.

Therefore you are required to forward to us your delivery contact address where you want your ATM Card to be sent to you.

You are advice to provide the following information.

Full Name:

Telephone Numbers:

Contact address:



Residing Country:



We wait to receive the information from you. Once our bank received your delivery address, we will issued and affect the delivery of your ATM Card to you without any further delay.

Best Regards.
Dr Boni George
Foreign Remittance Manager and
UBA Bank Master Card Department
Hotline: +229 6829 1592 (E-mail:

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