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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: "UNION BANK" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:21:56 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Internal Auditor with UNION BANK.

Attention Sir/Ma,

A pleasant greetings to you and your family, I know you must have felt
disappointing because of all the delays concerning your outstanding fund
release of which i have been fighting tooth and nails to make sure you
receive this fund but you have been thinking that i am there to swindle

I was suppose to travel to South Africa last MONTH for a meeting with
other top Government officials but because of this transfer matter of
yours, i decided to defer my trip till next week. So after the board
meeting last week with the IMF Office who approved this fund $9,500.000.00
on your behalf, it was conclude that your funds should be paid to you.

Right now, i will advice you follow my last and final instructions because
the bank have agreed to make the transfer today. My final conclusion with
the bank this morning was that they will make the transfer via western
union money transfer.The maximum amount you will receive daily is
$6,000.00 until your total amount $9,500.000.00 is fully paid to you.

You're only advice to secure your fund $9,500.000.00 from been tempered by
the FBI/ or IRS by obtaining a GNAB Certificate (Government Non-Assessment
Bond Certificate) which will serve you as the clearance certificate. Since
you are finding it difficult to get the $165 we have decided that you are
to go ahead and pay whatever you have out of the total fee $165. But mind
you, no amount below $60 will be accepted so we expect you to pay whatever
amount from $60 and above so that we can obtain the GNAB Certificate and
finalize everything then start sending your payments to you. Send your
full name and address where you want this money transfer send to you we
shall send you the first details, payment/receipt of your $6,000.00 as
soon as the required fee is received from you today. Note: this is the
only payment you are required to make in this regards for every other fee
have been waived off by the federal ministry Nigeria. You are entitle to
receive your
payment today if you do send this today as well.

Send it by western union or money gram any of the office close to you.

Receiver's Name: FELIX OKAKA
Text Question: Today
Text Answer: Today
Amount: $60
MTCN/REF NO:..............

Whatever amount you send do let us know. Remember, no amount below $60
will be accepted. Please take note of this: Unknown people have been using
my name and that of other top Government Officials in swindling most fund
beneficiaries. One more time be warned and careful the type of email you
reply. I use this medium to inform you don't reply to any mail that do not
come with our reference code: UNB/A-74/HJ/BG.

I am waiting on your reply as soon as you get this done because that is
the only thing delaying us as of now.

Best Regards,
Internal Auditor with UNION BANK.

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