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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: "BANK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:16:55 -0700

United Bank for Africa (UBA BANK)
Branch area: Abuja
Location: Wuse 2
Address: Plot 52, Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent,
Wuse 2, FCT, Abuja
Email: (
Tel/fax :234-7641264
                                      CONTRACT #: MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/2013,
                                          Swift Code: BPH KPL PK,
                                      A/C#: 329606=101244=169=678
                                          Our Ref: CBN/IRD/CBX/021/04
Note: This is to notify the numerous foreign contractors/Inheritance Beneficiaries owed by the Federal Government of Nigeria from various prostates that going by the Geneva Pact signed by the Nigeria President Commander in Chief of the armed forces, that all outstanding foreign debts especially next of kin payment should be released to the beneficiaries forthwith unconditionally. This is to officially inform you that, your payment has been accredited in your favor Through ATM Card,
Note: Your ATM Card number is (543-84001-234567-89 PIN NUMBER 10-98) has been accredited in your favor. Your Personal Identification Number is FEN/CB N/ATM-INCH-X/021/2014. The ATM Card Value is $6.MILLION USD which has been registered with (WWW.DHL.COM) you are advice to contact courier company with the information below.
1) Shipment Code AWN 33xQT
2) Package Registered Code No XFT477
3) Security Code Scotch /5501BDHX/844
4) Transactions Code 0477/COSTCO/117/330478/
5) Certificates Code SQUAT/BHUTAN/XXI/-78/00.
6) Reference No.-35460021, Allocation No: 674632 Password No: 339331, Pin Code No: 55674 and your Certificate of Merit Payment No: 103, Released Code No: 0763; Immediate Telex confirmation No: -1114433; Secret Code No: XXTN013.
Note: You are advice to contact the Delivering Company and received your tracking number to cheek your package online as soon as possible and here is their contacting information. The shipment fees has been paid except the insurance fee which you have to pay to the DHL before they will deliver your parcel to you
Name: Mrs Rose Duke
Parcel Code: Eg2272
Please again: Quote Payment Reference Number during Contact: FEN/CB N/ATM-IN-X/Eg2272/2014, and as well forward
You are to forward  the following:
1. Your full name and common physical address
2.Your Telephone ,Fax and Mobile  Number
3.Very importantly your ID
Be warned once again for your own interest to STOP further communication with anybody, Institutions, ...parasitical who have deceived you in the past without results. You have to abscond from communicating these people to enable the (DHL) to appropriate your shipment and send your tracking number.
I have done my assignment well and I am waiting to hear from you as soon as you confirmed your tracking number online, so that I will update your file.
Best Regards and forward your information to Email:
Mr. Esaie Diei
International Settlement Dept.

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