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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 of Africa" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 12:54:01 -0700
Subject: Greetings $$

UBA Nigeria Plc
244, Marina Street.
Off Tinubu Sqaure
Lagos State Nigeria
Tel: +234-095-908-81538
Dear Card Owner
                                                  IRREVOCABLE PAYMENT ORDER VIA ATM CARD
We have actually been authorized by the new Government of Nigeria, and the governing body of the UNITED NATIONS Monetary Unit, to investigate the unnecessary delay on your payment, recommended and approved in your favor. During the course of our investigation, we discovered with dismay that your payment has been unnecessarily Delayed by corrupt officials of the Bank who are Trying to divert your funds into their private accounts.To forestall this, security for your funds was organized in the form of your personal Identification number (PIN) ATM CARD and this will enable only you to have direct Control over your funds in the ATM CARD. We will monitor this payment ourselves to avoid the hopeless situation created by the Officials of the bank.
An irrevocable payment guarantee has been issued by the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on your Payment. However, we are happy to inform you that based on our recommendation/Instructions; your complete funds have been credited in your favor through ATM VISA CARD. You are therefore advice to contact me immediately you receive this message.
I want you to know that to process and issue the ATM card will cost you the sum of $105.00, please do not respond to this message if you are not willing to pay this legal fee.
Contact me now for the delivery of your ATM Card. As soon as you establish a contact with me, an ATM card will be issued to you immediately which you can use to withdraw your funds in any Bank ATM Machine in your Country, but the maximum is $2,000-$2,000 per transaction. So if you like to receive your funds through this means you’re advised to contact me with the following information as stated below:
Your Name:................
Delivery Address:..........
Cell Phone number:..........
NOTE: You are advised to furnish me with your correct and valid details.
Mr. Martins Chibuzor
ATM Logistic Units.

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