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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. Jose Davis" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Jose Davis" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:17:13 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attention Dear Customer!

 United Bank For Africa plc. Republique du BeninAvenue Kotoungbe Cotonou rue 7741 UnesviaEmail:
Attention Dear Customer!
This is to notify you that we have arranged your payment of $3.5 Million USD through swift card payment Centre Asia pacific, the UBA Bank Card Centre will send you an ATM Card which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world at the maximum rate of $5,000.00 us dollars (Five Thousand United State Dollars) per day, therefore do not hesitate to contact United Bank For Africa {UBA Bank Plc} and also re-confirm the following information as listed below:
1.YOUR FULL NAME__________________ 2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS_________ 3.YOUR DIRECT PHONE NUMBER__________4.YOUR COUNTRY_____________ 5.AGE AND SEX _________
The Bank has been mandated to issue out your payment and you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your ATM Card. Note that because of impostors, The Bank also issued you their code of conduct, which is (1488) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the ATM card centre by using it as your subject.
Yours in Service.Mr. Jose Davis, ATM CARD ManagerUnited Bank for Africa Republique du Benin

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