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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: "UBA Bank Plc Nigeria" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:20:54 -0500

I wish to keep you posted on the out come of our emergency meeting with the World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim,international monetary fund (IMF),London Paris club and (UN) I hereby inform you that your winnings/inheritance. payment file have been Signed and forwarded to UBA bank Plc Nigeria . where you will be receiving your fund via online banking transfer which you will need to do by your self from any computer in your house or office .

Therefore you are advised to contact Dr. Micheal Ibe with the below

information for your immediate payment.

YOUR NAME .......


YOUR AGE .......


YOUR ID CARD.............

Below is your paying officer from UBA bank Plc Nigeria,

Name: Dr. Micheal Ibe

TEL: +23491055575

Best Regards,
Dr. Micheal Ibe

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