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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 William Johnson <"www.">
Reply-To: Mr William Johnson <>
Date: Mon, 1 May 2017 23:05:48 +0900 (JST)
Subject: management of UBA Bank.

Attention Dear.
Address : Carrefour des 3 banques, Avenue Jean Paul II 01 BP 2020 Cotonou, BENIN
Phone number : +229 - 62111194
Fax : +229 - 98 550 482
Country : Benin
Group Membership : UBA GROUP

We were authorized by the President, Federal Republic of Benin and the Governing Board of Central Bank to investigate the unnecessary delay of your payment,to also recommend and approve your claims for payment if the report of the unclaimed contract/inheritance funds is genuine. However, we discovered that your funds has been unnecessarily delayed by corrupt officials of some banks.

We have agreed with the authority that we will handle this payment ourselves to avoid the hopeless situation created by those officials. Currently your Inheritance/Contract fund of $10.5Million has been credited in ATM card.Contact MR.Willaim Johnson(UBA bank ATM director)with your details including ,
Your Full Name...................
Your Phone number...........
Your Home address............
Your Country And City......................
Your ID Copy...............................

You have to provide those information immediately for immediate delivery.

Contact Name:MR.William Johnson
office line:+22998550482

management of UBA Bank.

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