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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: "MR.JOHN MIKE" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:37:26 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Welcome To Uba Bank Of Africa Headquarters

Welcome To Uba Bank Of Africa Headquarters.

We have finally arranged to transfer your Fund worth $25Million USD
through (UBA) Bank. We were able to accomplish this through
the help of IMF director Anderson Morgan and every necessary arrangement has
made successfully with the UN Agent Mr. Seay William.

Contact Mr.George Gabriel.
Telephone: +22-68736194
Email: (
Contact the (UBA) with your transfer information such as:
your receiver's name,..
your phone number,..
nearest airport.

And also be informed that your fund is now in (UBA) Bank plc

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