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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:01:27 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?Re.Re._IBAN_ATM_Credit_Card,_=D0=88?=

Address Head Office:UBA Bank Plc54 Lombard StreetLondon Binin  Email: EC3P 3AH  (UNITED KINGDOM).  IBAN ATM Credit Card, Ј10.700, 000.00 Million Pounds,  You might be very verse with the IBAN credit card system through the (A.T.M) Automated Teller Machine System that allows beneficiaries direct access to make withdrawal of funds from any International Banks in the world.      The federal government under the ministry of finance with the world bank and IMF (International Monitory Fund) has adopted this administrative measure owing to various complains/petitions received from beneficiaries owning to the delays in receiving their Contract/Inheritance Funds as expected.  Please be informed that this is a real and not a bogus card so be rest assured that the money will be cleared immediately a withdrawal is affected. I have made all the necessary arrangements to have your atm card delivered to you at your nominated home delivery address. All other documents such as your recommendation letter and certificate from the Economic Finance Unit confirming that these funds are fully free from any liens or encumbrances and are clean, clear and of non-criminal origin shall also be sent to you.   This Atm Card contains maximum of GBP10.700, 000.00 million pounds and you have a daily withdrawal limit of 15,000 pounds foryour information, you are to bear the cost of shipping the ATM CARD to you, the ATM Card will be delivered via a World Diplomatic Delivery Service to ensure that the atm card is delivered to you wherever you are in anywhere in the world, However before I proceed, I would like you to re-confirm the below details.Legal Full name:Age:Sex:Delivery Address:Phone contact#:Occupation:Country Of Residence:  The officer in charge Mr. JOHN NWACHUKWU  will call you up immediately your information is sent in. Also the options together with their associated conditions are presented below, you Are required to pay for the necessary courier charges to enable the delivery of the Atm card to your giving delivery destination.  1. FedEx Delivery Company Duration for Delivery: 72 Hours, Amount 150.00 Pounds2. UPS Delivery Company Duration for Delivery: Next day, Amount 250.00 Pounds3. DHL Delivery Company Duration for Delivery: 24 Hours, Amount 350.00 Pounds4. Online Wire Transfer Service:30 Minute , Amount 550.00 pounds  Please contact Mr. JOHN NWACHUKWU with the Below Information:  UBA Bank Plc54 Lombard StreetLondon Benin
Postcode EC3P 3AHHotline (+229-97275509Email:  Treat as urgent Thanks for your Co-Operation.Best Regards, Mr. JOHN NWACHUKWU
 Remittance ManagerUBA  Bank Plc.  UBA  Bank Plc. registered in England. Barclays Bank Plc is authorized and regulated by the financial services authority (FSA) Registered No 1026167. Barclays Insurance Services company Limited is authorized and regulated by The FSA.Registered Office For Both: 1 Churchill Place, London Benin , E10 7hp. "The Woolwich" and "Woolwich" Are Trademarks And Trading names Of UBAs Bank Plc. UBA   Business is a trading name of UBA Bank Plc. UBA Bank Plc Subscribes to the lending Code Which Is Monitored and enforced by the lending standards board and is licensed and regulated by the office of fair trading for the provision of credit products to consumers and related services.

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