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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, 7 Aug 2013 20:38:52 -0700
Subject: Your United Bank For Africa Payment.


The attached message from United Bank For Africa <> (<>)
was determined by the Spam Blocker to be spam based on a score
of 9.4 where anything above 4.3 is spam.


Reply-To: <>
From: "United Bank For Africa"<>
Subject: Your United Bank For Africa Payment.
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 20:38:52 -0700
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
X-Priority: 3
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2600.0000
X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2600.0000
X-Spam-Flag: YES

United Bank For Africa,
Head Office,
27 Kofo Abayomi Street,
Victoria Island,
Lagos, Nigeria

This is to notify you that the sum of 1.5 million has been approved and released in your favor as an initial part payment in fulfillment of a bilateral agreement reached by the African Union (AU) and the World bank to use United Bank For Africa in the settlement of all foreign debts which includes Contract/Inheritance/ Lottery and other international loans.

Based on this, our investigation reveals that you have been contacted in the past by numerous impostors,claiming to be bank officials with unofficial online bank web
sites,demanding outrageous fees from you to transfer your funds which have made it impossible for you to trust any one asap.

However, with the assistance of the United States of America's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), 31 U.S.C. 5311 et
seq., and its implementing regulations act 31 C.F.R. Chapter x and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), our bank has been mandated to commence the immediate release of your funds through one of the following

(1). PAYMENT VIA AUTOMATIC TELLER MACHINE (ATM master card) which will guaranty you a cash withdraw of 5,000 per day.Also, you have the option to transfer funds from
your ATM card to your bank account.

(2). CERTIFIED CASHIERS CHECK OR BANK DRAFT: With this, an original copy of a certified bank draft or check signed in your favor will be issued to you via courier
service delivery to you given address which you have to deposit for confirmation and clearance within 3 to 5 working days at most depending on your bank.

(3) ONLINE BANKING ( Bank To Bank Transfer) : with this option,you will be required to open an online bank account with us which will enable you get access to our
online bank web site to access your account deposit balance and make transfers to your local bank account.

You are advised to select any of the above three options on how you wish to receive your funds and revert to us as soon as possible. Your online banking access or ATM
card or check/bank draft will be shipped via FedEx or UPS courier Shipping Company and would get to you within 2 working days at most.

You are to send your communication particulars below,

Full names
Fax numbers
Mailing Address
Marital Status
Method of receiving Funds:

Please reply urgently to my email address which is, should this mail meet your interest.

Yours sincerely,
Mr. Adam Benson.
Client service Officer.

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