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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 DAVID LEE" <>
Date: Sat, 04 Jun 2016 02:31:03 +0300
Subject: HI

United Bank For Africa Plc.
Head Office: 1 Rockefeller Plaza
# 8, New York, NY 10020, United States.
Tel: +1 646-883-3555


ATTN: Beneficiary

This is to officially inform the recipient of this email that you are among the [100] one hundred individuals from different countries who were victims of various West African Scam selected to be compensated with the sum of $1,000,000.00 [One million USD] each as instructed by World Bank in conjunction with Africa Union [AU] to redeem the image of West African governments/countries where the scam were perpetrated as a result of the protest letters by Int’l communities to World Bank and Africa Union regarding the act of scam against their citizens by West Africans. United Bank for Africa New York USA is one of the banks appointed by World Bank and Africa Union to facilitate payments to verified victims through their email addresses.

As instructed by World Bank that the aforementioned sum should be released to beneficiaries through de-personalized international acceptable ATM VISA CASH CARD to access the $1,000,000.00 compensation amount within any part of the World by each individual beneficiary of the program from the account linked with the Cards, you are therefore, required to re-confirm / submit your personal information which should include the address where the ATM VISA CASH CARD should be delivered to you as thus:

[a]Beneficiary full Names
[b]Full address which should include the State where the address is situated or located.
[c]Beneficiary direct telephone lines

Once your information is received by me, I will hand it over officially with the Card to any of the official Courier companies of the Bank you will select to deliver it to you. As the coordinator of this payment in the bank appointed by United Bank for Africa management, you are strictly advised to forward the above listed information of your person to my direct email address ( to make the task of ensuring that the process of making payments to beneficiaries / your person is easier as you are also advised, to limit your communication to me alone to enable me give proper account to the concerned authorities and to prevent over ambitious individuals in and outside the bank from taking undue advantage of you.

This is a genuine program initiated by Africa Union [AU] assisted by World Bank to bring succor to victims of West Africa Scam hence, do not down play it by thinking is an attempt to defraud you, as you are advised to consider it a priority to ensure that the $1million is given access to you through the ATM VISA CARD within the period allowed.

Yours faithfully

For United Bank for Africa New York USA Branch/ Payment coordinator
Tel: +1 646-883-3555

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