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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.FRED WILLIAMS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2016 16:04:46 +0100

United Bank For Africa (UBA)
>From the Desk of:
Mr.Fred Williams
(Foreign Remittance Manager)
Plot 487, Abogo Largema Street,
Off Constitution Avenue,
Central Business District, Abuja-Nigeria

Attn: Good Friend,

We received the letter this morning along side with the scan copy of the police officer in charge of this case that some individuals claim you are dead that is why you are not writing again and said you have instructed them to claim your fund and make it via bank to bank direct to there bank account stated below:

Bank Address: 2075 S. Victoria Ave Ventura, CA 93003
Bank Phone Number: 800 788-7022
Account Name: Mr. Edward A. Smith.
Type: Checking
ABA # 322271627
Acct # 1951204345
Amount: US$10,5 Million usd

Pls get back to us now, and if we wait for 72hrs as instructed by the Nigeria police here and do not hear anything from you, we will have no choice than to forward the payment to them as you have instructed.

Meanwhile, the United Bank For Africa (UBA) is to officially inform you that ATM card number: 9980 2856 9967 9206 part payment worth Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand ($10,5 Million USD) has been credited in your favor in bid to compensate you on your contract/inheritance and Next of Kins payment with the Federal Republic of Nigeria on behalf of African since you are next on our payment file for the first part of this fiscal Year 2016 because we want to complete every past contractors/Inheritance payment between now and the next 10 working days time. We have instructed the card center to prepare and send you the ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM MACHINE in the world.

NB: if by any reason you have lost memory of this or you have not done such transaction before, kindly contact me.That means your name was used by old staff and their foreign partners to drain off money for their personal use but could not conclude it in time before leaving office; we have had such cases, I will give you details and we work together to secure the fund for our mutual and personal use, it will be a great opportunity.

Awaiting your quick response.

Yours truly,

Mr.Fred Williams
(Foreign Remittance Manager)

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