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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: Francis Isaac <>
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:54:10 +0000


Am Francis Isaac, director cash processing unit, united bank for
Africa [UBA the only bank appointed by the United Nation General
Assembly. Members lead by John William Ashe.

Because of the frauds going on in over the world where some innocent
beneficiaries were asked to pay in advance before receiving their
money owed to them. The above United Nation held meeting in Nigeria
and resolve to pay all beneficiaries in cash through means of
diplomatic courier service. We receive your files from international
monetary fund (I.M.F.) as one of the beneficiaries.

Take note; ten thousand united state dollars (us$10,000) have been
mapped out for all expenses in taxes and other documents that matters.
Therefore, I want you to bear it in mind that your total fund will be
no more Ten million five hundred thousand united state dollars
($10,500,000.00) but Ten million four hundred and ninety thousand
united state dollars ($10,490,000.00).

If anybody tells you that he is paying you in bank draft or
telegraphic money transfer both western union and money gram, do not
listen to him or her because due to this frauds no international bank
honors our remittance instruction any more that is why we settled to
pay in cash through courier

We also received a security report that you paid the fraudsters who
have been deceiving you, telling you that they are going to send this
money to you. Dear as a senior banker, controlling this cash payment
now, I advise you not to waste your money by paying any body in
advance again, and if you just follow my instruction, you will receive
your money in three days time.

Your fund will now be packaged in box and take to the diplomatic
courier service for immediate shipment, I will also send the picture
of the box by attachment to you to see how the money is packed, and I
will send you more mails to give you more information for you to know
the genuineness of this transaction.

Therefore, do forward your home address and direct phone number to me
for quick delivery because time is not in our side.

All the documents will be sent to you if I am assured that you have
stopped sending money to those fraudsters.

Am waiting to hear from you with the required information of yours.

Francis Isaac
Director cash processing unit
united bank for Africa. (U.B.A).

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