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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: Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:52:22 +0800
Subject: Urgent Notice !

Dear beneficiary kindly note that we have today received the consignment Box issued in your favour by UBA Security Company as an over-due compensation PAYMENT attached for delivery by us. Your consignment box was abandoned by one diplomat David Uzor from Africa some years ago and was now declared as an unclaimed box as the year comes to an end and its written in your name and favour. Therefore, the box has been issued to be delivered to you without delay through our company (Swift Delivery Service) with an endorsement of a Yellow Tag fee required from you as authorized by the United Nations Office North Carolina for box delivery permit. The yellow tag will enable us gain access through the Airport in your state when arrived with your box.
Your attention will be needed to finalize the declaration process and endorsement of this consignment box to your home as we demand to have your complete and current delivery address.
1.Your Full Name...
2.Your Address...
3.Your Tel Number....
7.Passport ID Card for identification...
This message is valid for 2 weeks as we have been authorized to deliver your consignment box within the period by UBA Security Company and the United Nations Assistant Director NC.
Date of Registration: 2015/2016:
Proxy-Disk no: Z562UN8-45
Box Code: bz47/N986/B1PL
U.N. REG NO. (ex. Ordering Checks): PW/AAF/23/2016
Electronic (ex. Direct Deposit/Automatic Payment) :$14.5 Million United States Dollars only
CONSIGNMENT BOX CONTENT INSTALLED AMOUNT:$14.5 Million United States Dollars only
NOTE: We shall obtain the delivery permit from United Nations office here in regards to your consignment box delivery as soon as we receive your complete needed details listed above.
Best Regards
United Bank For Africa

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