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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. Sarafina Ayingo" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Sarafina Ayingo" <>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 03:17:44 +0000 (UTC)

 Dear Customer:

we are apologize for our late response to your e-mail due to we are busy attending other customers.

This is to confirm to you that we have received an irrevocable instruction from the office of the Presidency and the Ministry of Justice and bank of Africa to affect the transfer of your fund to your foreign account.

However, your payment file was submitted to our bank UBA UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA Benin Republic to transfer your Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($500,000,00) into your nominated bank account.

Today the board of directors UBA UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA had their final meeting concerning your fund and we came into conclusion that your fund should be transfer into your account as soon as you send us cost of open new account.

To this effect, after a long deliberation with the board of directors  UBA Bank for Africa Benin Republic including the Company where this fund was deposited before, we hereby confirm to you that the payment have been approved to be paid to you without further delay as soon as you open new account in our UBA Online Banking system.

To open an online new accounts with us to enable you have full access to your fund, you are advise to send the sum of $60 being for UBA Bank Online Account Opening Form and return back with the account opening fee of $60 and send it to OUR ACCOUNTANT name Mr. IZUCHUKWU EZEOBI, by money gram or western Union to Benin Republic.

Email me with the details of payment.

Here is the full information were to send the fee via money-gram, Or Western Union

Country / Benin Republic
Test Question/ What for?
City / Cotonou
Answer / Opening Account.
Amount To Be Send / $60

Sender Name..............?

We sincerely hope that the above requirement be sent to us sooner than later for us to proceed with the opening the new account with your name so that you can transfer your fund by your self. Please note that we cannot carry on with the Transfer of funds to you until you have been able to meet up with the requirement of the transfer of your funds.

Note that we have period of (2) working days to conclude this matter.

I wait your early response to move ahead.

Thanks you for your understanding as am looking forwards to hearing a positive respond from you immediately.

Thanks for banking with us Hoping to hear from you.

contact:.Mr. Sarafina Ayingo
TEL: +229 68970863
Email: (

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