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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:51:22 -0700

- This mail is in HTML. Some elements may be ommited in plain text. -

8:00 AM-4:00 PM
With respect to the provision Section 17 of decree 114 of the 1999 constitution,I was directed to inform you that your payment verification and confirmations is "OK". Therefore, We are happy to inform you that arrangements has been finally concluded to effect your payment as soon as possible in our bid to be transparent inline with programmed of the present administration of Muhammadu Buhari,President and Commander in chief Of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in his crusade against corruption in Nigeria.
It might interest you to note that the Swift Credit Card System of payment was adopted to reduce the administrative protocols as regards (Cost of Transfer, Vat e.t.c), it was adopted to help beneficiary's who are financially down, who are not capable to meet up with the obligation of paying banks as a result of fee administrative and Charges. Be informed that your complete information was well received for the approval of your ATM card,The amount Approved is US$5,500,000.00 USD, it is my pleasure to inform you that your ATM Card Number is: 4539 7978 0214 3027 has been approved and upgraded in your favor.
Meanwhile, Your Initial Secret Pin Number is 4477 and the ATM Card Value is US$5,500,000.00 Only. Note that a maximum withdrawal value of US$20,000.00 is permitted daily, And we are duly inter-switched and you can make withdrawal in any location of the ATM Center of your choice/nearest to you. Note that your ATM card is ready to pick without paying any money But if you find it difficult to come down to the Bank yourself and pick your ATM card it will now required a service of very good reliable courier company that will deliver this ATM card to your address.
In view of this two options, You have to choose the best option you like, Whether to come down yourself to UBA and pick your ATM card without encountering any payment or to urge me to negotiate and know how much it will cost to use a very good reliable courier company to deliver this ATM card to your address. Get back to me with the option you choose to enable me know whether i will go and make inquiry with first class courier company and know how much it will cost you to receive this ATM card through courier company.
You are advised to call my direct line for more explanation. Call me on this my number +
Congratulation once again for a successful approvals of your fund.
Yours Sincerely,
Mr.Robert Peter.Director,
United Bank For Africa.

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