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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.Paul Oba" <"UBA.">
Reply-To: "Mr.Paul Oba" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 02:15:32 +0900 (JST)
Subject: UBA Benin Corporate Headquarters.

UBA Benin Corporate Headquarters.
United bank for Africa remittance office.
Carrefour des 3 banques,
Avenue Jean Paul II 01 BP 2020 Cotonou, BENIN
Phone number:+229-99 37 62 79


My name is Mr.paul Oba.(Director) I am a banker. It is true that we have not meet each other in person, but I

strongly believe in trust and friendship in every business. I have a deceased customer's abandoned fund, which I am

his personal financial adviser before his death, that being the main reason why I alone working in the bank here,

know much about the existence of this fund and the secrets surrounding this money. But before I disclose the full

details to you, I will like to know your interest and willingness to assist me. You can call me as soon as you

send me message, so that i will send to you full details about the transaction.

My best regards,
Mr. Paul Oba.

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