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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 GROUPS" <>
Reply-To: "UBA GROUPS" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:09:15 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear Valued Customer,

Dear Valued Customer, Please be informed that the mail below was emanated from UBA BANK. Kindly note that UBA is a foremost institution that has long built its reputation on integrity and diligence; We strongly advise that you do not enter into any form of communication with Internet Imposter(s) and if you have done so already, please stop henceforth to avoid being a victim.

It has been confirmed by the us that your Inheritance funds has been with us for long time which we suppose to release to you though our online Banking Database & also wish to issue out an ATM CARD for withdrawing your funds $10,000.00 usd per daily until your.

For further enquiries, requests, complaints, please contact our Customer Fulfillment Customer Fulfillment Centre [CFC]United Bank for Africa Plc Benin {} or {} DL: +229-992-49455-UBA/00229/64787014;+229-700-CALL-UBA /70-822 Ext:

Help us serve you better. Kindly spare two minutes to complete our customer satisfaction survey:
This e-mail and its attachment is intended solely for the person or organization to which it is addressed, unless the content clearly indicates otherwise. If you have received this email in error, kindly delete it immediately and contact us at the email address above - Do not disclose or use it in any way or permit others to do so.

UBA shall not be liable for any loss or damages howsoever incurred, or suffered, resulting or arising, from the use of this email or its attachments. Emails cannot be guaranteed to be secure or error free as the message and any attachment(s) could be intercepted, corrupted, lost, delayed or amended, thus, UBA will not accept liability for any loss or damages incurred from the use or misuse of this email or its attachment(s). UBA has the absolute discretion to withdraw/ amend the services provided or amend or supplement any of the terms and conditions of its suite of products and services at any time without notice. All responses and questions regarding this mail should be sent to the email address above

Do not disclose your Account/Card details, Passwords, PINs, email and internet banking codes to a third partyNEVER disclose your full 16 digit card number in any form of communication written or verbal; rather, only provide the first 6 and last 4 digits of your card (such as 412345******1234)Promptly report ALL suspicious activities on your account/Card to CFCSend suspicious emails to CFC for proper investigationCFC
Customer Fulfillment Centre [CFC]United Bank for Africa Plc
, Benin {} or {}
DL: +229-991-57800-UBA/00229/64787014;+229-700-CALL-UBA /70-822 Ext:

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