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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.James Igwe'' <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2016 08:01:16 +0100
Subject: Dear Beneficiary

Address of Headquarters:UBA House, 57, Marina Lagos
Postal Address of Headquarters: P .O. Box 2406, Marina, Lagos
Telephone/Fax of Headquarters Tel:CALL UBA +234 7039235685
Fax +234 1 2644761

Good day, i am Mr. James Igwe the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, your information's and email address was forwarded to our bank by the Economic And Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) along side with the United Nation to release a total sum of 2 Million United States Dollars as a compensation for being a victim of Nigerian/ West African scam, Meanwhile, we have discus with the Chairman of the EFCC Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu and he has given us the go ahead to release your total sum within the next 8 working days, so after a board meeting held yesterday we have decided to release your fund through our international ATM CARD.

You are to get back to us with your personal details and your phone number to ensure it is same as the one forwarded to us by the EFCC office, also for your security purpose please know that most people are using the good name of our bank to defraud people so do not give response to any email without this code (ONE LOVE UBA).

Best Regards,
Mr.James Igwe
Director/Chief Executive
United Bank of Africa (UBA) Plc

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