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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: Uba Bank Plc <>
Reply-To: Uba Bank Plc <>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:36:39 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attn: ATM Card Owner,

Welcome to UBA Benin
United Bank for Africa (UBA) plc, Africa's global bank.
Carrefour des trois Banques Avenue Pape Jean Paul II, Cotonou, Benin
P.o.Box 01 BP 2023 Cotonou Benin
Ph. +229 982-90-123
Fax. +229 618-64-801

Attn: ATM Card Owner,

We the management of United Bank for Africa (UBA) wishes to inform you that your order to convert your funds into an ATM Visa Card has been completed. Our ATM processing Unit has finally processed the ATM Card and your total funds valued at USD$4.5 Million United States Dollars has be loaded into your ATM Card account with us here in UBA Benin.

For immediate delivery of your ATM Card to your home address through DHL or FedEx courier delivery company, kindly respond back to us with your current delivery address in full details, also your direct cell phone number to enable fast communication.

The delivery arrangement has been made, immediately we receive your home delivery address as instructed, your ATM Card will be registered for delivery with one of the mentioned courier delivery company and you will receive the package after three days without further delay. 

We wait your urgent response.

Best Regards
Mr. Dan Okeke
Uba Director
+229 98290123

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