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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: "Rev. Michael Lucas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:26:58 +0300
Subject: We Await Your Urgent Response To This Matter

Union Bank Of Nigeria Plc

Union Bank Of Nigeria Plc Head Office P.M.B. 0187,TINUBU SQUIRE, LAGOS NIGERIA.

Urgent Attention Required Sir.

My Name Is. Rev Michael Lucas The Executive Payment Director Union Bank Of Nigeria Plc)We are not sure you received our previous message but we wish to use this medium to officially inform you that following the ongoing review of all unclaimed and delayed funds here in the this bank, your payment file was forwarded to our office for immediate payment of your long delayed funds starting with a first transfer of US$10,000,000.00 with reference No. WBC/LU-14GN UBN/2015, to your bank account.

However, we are surprised to receive another application this morning from your representative, MR.SASAKAWA YONG YOHEI, Stating that you authorized him to transfer the funds to another bank account in JAPAN and that you were recently involved in an auto accident and cannot walk right now. Could you please confirm immediately, your relationship with MR.SASAKAWA YONG YOHEI, and also, confirm if the bank account in JAPAN, as shown below is now your new bank account information to receive your funds this week from our paying bank

ACCOUNT NO:5018 1448 1308
IBAN: CH19 0483 5018 1448 13081

Kindly reply today with the below detail to confirm this information to avoid wrong transfer of your funds, so that we can proceed with the transfer of the US$10,000,000.00 to your correct bank account as scheduled.

you are required to forward with immediate effect the following information to enable us carry out this transfer to your account within the next 48 hours. Forward as a matter of urgency the following:

1) Your Full Names:----------
2) Your Full Address:-----------
3) Your Telephone Number-------
4) Your Occupation----------------------
5)Your Nationality………………

We Await Your Urgent Response.

Yours Faithful,

Rev Michael Lucas
Union Bank Of Nigeria Plc
MOBILE TEL : +2348167180471

If you received this message in error, please notify the sender by reply email or destroy all copies of the original message. Copyright © 2009 - 2015 UBN BANK GROUP®,Inc. All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guidelines UBNBank. No. P.M.B. 0187,TINUBU SQUIRE, LAGOS NIGERIA-The Best of African Banking Services. We Focus On You.Copyright © 2009 - 2015 (UBN BANK).

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