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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. Dan Okeke" <>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:03:14 +0100 (CET)

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 request to convert your fund into an
ATM Visa Card has been completed. Our ATM processing Unit
finally processed the ATM Card and your total fund valued at
USD$4.5 Million United States Dollars has been loaded into
your ATM Card account with us here in UBA Benin.

For immediate delivery of your ATM Card to your home address via
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

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

We wait your urgent response.Best
Mr. Dan Okeke
Uba Director
+229 98290123

**********CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE************************
This email and any attachments to it contain information
that is confidential and may be privileged. It is for the
exclusive use of the intended recipient(s). If you are not
the intended recipient(s) please note that any form of
distribution, copying or use of this communication or the
information contained in it is strictly prohibited and may
be unlawful. If you have received this email in error,
please return it to the sender and delete the email from
your records

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