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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: "Mrs.Angela Aneke" <>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:16:41 +0700 (BDST)
Subject: Dear Esteemed Customer

Dear Esteemed Customer.

This is to officially inform that your compensation payment of
US$7.5Million has been AWARDED in your names with UN government last week
and it has been forwarded to our bank United bank for Africa (UBA)
headquarter through the help of United Nation Organization/ Federal
government of Benin Republic and International Monetary Fund (IMF) And the
instruction was given to United bank for Africa (UBA) Of Benin to Issue
You ATM MASTER CARD payment of US$7.5Million and direct it to your
nominated Address in your country as soon as you follow our directives in
this message.

This instruction was given by United Nation Organization and Federal
government of Benin to avoid further delay, since International Monitoring
FUND (I.M.F) have help us to revert all payment files pending in UN which
your names is among the list.

Therefore, for further more information's about your award payment file
has been revert in your names. kindly contact United Bank head office with
below Information's so that we can issue you an ATM MASTER CARD to you
without any hitch as the bank telex instruction has already been sent to
our United bank for Africa (UBA). NOTE: You will withdraw Hundred thousand
dollars per day once you received your ATM card from any ATM machine that
has Visa Card Logo on it worldwide.

Reconfirm your Personal information's for the delivery of your ATM MASTER
CARD See below Info.

You're name:_______
Cell Phone no:_______
Home phone no:_______

Once you reconfirmed the above information's we will contact the shipping
companies to deliver Your ATM MASTER CARD to your home address.

Yours in service.
Mrs.Angela Aneke.
Office Phone +229-999-79138
Director General United bank of Africa (UBA) BENIN.

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