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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: "Jeff Pedro" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:43:46 -0800

Documentary Credit,
Swift: UBANN22
Our Ref:16/725/BAR/14

Attention: Contractor/Beneficiary,

This is meant for the contract payment from our ordering customer Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC)Federal Government of Nigeria for the further Credit to your bank account. With all due respect our bank has obliged to credit your account with instruction quoting reference payment code which the Federal Government of Nigeria used to encoded their consolidated account with us,and this is as per agreement existing between this bank,World Bank,International Monetary Fund and the Federal Government of Nigeria.
In line with Foreign Exchange Financial Control and allied conduct, your account will be effected as soon as you reconcile our 0.1% handling charge or you may advise us to deduct the total value and transfer the balance to your account.Should you be willing to accept deduction,our bank is there urging you to contact the treasury department International Monetary Fund office in Abuja Nigeria attention to DR.GEORGE RATO tel: +234-9096777244,Email:

please request him to issue you the Deduction Clearance Certificate which will be legally endorsed by you the beneficiary to enable us have the legitimate right to deduct our 0.1% handling charge from your contract/Inheritance payment. Call him immediately before sending mail to him.

Please be warned as our bank does not trust your representatives or any body in the Central Bank of Nigeria,Ministry of Finance,Nicon or any other institutions,except the International Monetary Fund personnel (DR GEORGE RATO) whom we can give attention to any of this instruction due to fraudulent activities,hacking of beneficiary's privacy/funds for terrorist sponsor and impersonation of Banks and it?s officials.

Prior to our banking regulation,final credit shall be made to your account upon receiving of our 0.1% handling charge or the Deduction Clearance Certificate. Finally,you have to urgently reconfirm your Bank Information to this office to avoid transfer error.

Re-Confirm the following with copy of your ID:

Your Full Name:.......................
Resident Address:.....................
Mobile Telephone:.....................
Bank Name/Address:....................
Account Name:.........................
Account Number:.......................
Swift Code:...........................
Expecting amount:.....................

We look forward in serving you better.

Yours faithfully,

Mr.Jeff Pedro
Account Department
United Bank For Africa(UBA).
______________________________ ______________________________ _____
United Bank For Africa Plc, which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority, has approved this document. Registered in Nigeria.Registered No: 6167. Registered Office:UBA House,57 Marina, Lagos.

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