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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: "UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 15:59:04 +0200


We have deposited your fund ($10.500`000000USD) through UPS department after
our final meeting regarding your ATM CARD, All you will do is to contact UPS
diplomat Mr Henry Waters via E-mail:( he will give
you directives on how you would be receiving your ATM CARD .Remember to send
him your Full detailed information to avoid wrong delivery such as,

Receiver's Name :____________
Country: ___________
Phone Number: ____________
id card/drivers license :____________

Best regards
United Bank For Africa

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