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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: "Chris Uba" <>
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 23:22:08 -0000
Subject: Re-Partinership with youu

Dear Sir/ Ma

To whom it may concern: This email message are solely for the
recipient/ the real owner of this email but am sure we have not mate
before but this actual contain confidential or privileged information.
If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying, use or
distribution of the information included in this message is
prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please
notify me by return email and immediately and permanently delete this

My name is Mr. Benson Okoli Uba. A Nigeria citizen a top business man
here in Nigeria with a business value of fifty five million United
State Dollar. Sir/Ma i am sure that we have not mate before or have
ever have any business transaction or relation but i actually found
your contact through my search for a trusted,and who can protect my
friend interest who is in Government. whom on his position have about
two hundred and seven million United State Dollars.

Sir/Ma my purpose of contacting you is to sick for your assistant for
a claim of this fund on behalf of my friend as this present
administration is doing noting than arresting and a check to all
members of our government officials including serving and retired.

Upon this, my friend and i has concluded all plans with his bank
manager on how this fund will be easily transfer off from his account
here in Nigeria to your country before general checking of all
government official homes and banks will get to him and his bank to
avoid loss of the fund and still go to jail.

My friend has agreed that if this assistant can be rendered by you or
any of your friend, relation or partner in any were in the world
excluding Nigeria that 35 percent of the total fund will be for you
while 15 percent for me then you can be using the remaining to invest
in your country until the the discharge of his governmental duty 2019
but will always in good communication with before then.

Sir/Ma kindly fill free to reply with any of your suggestion to enable
me know if i will search for another person.

Your truly,
Chris Uba

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