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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: "Phillips Oduoza" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2017 11:04:53 +0300

United Bank For Africa Benin Plc,
Carrefour Three Banks Avenue
Jean Paul II 01BP 2020
Cotonou Benin Republic
Working Hours (Weekdays)
(Saturday)     Closed
(Sunday)     Closed
Dear Sir / Madam
We have been receiving a number of mails from people who claim that they have been contacted by certain unscrupulous people posing as United Bank For Africa staff. These unscrupulous people promise their intended victims financial rewards for allowing their accounts to be used for remittances from (UBA) accounts purportedly held by deceased third parties, or from looted public funds or proceeds from lottery.
Take notice that these unscrupulous people are neither members of staff nor agents of the (UBA) Group. They are fraudsters who belong to syndicates all over the world.
We the members of (UBA) Group advice you to stop any communication with anybody claiming to be (UBA) Staff, These unscrupulous people don't have any funds in your name, Your total funds which is in (UBA) custody with the accrued interest is the sum of US$30.5 Million United States Dollars and the Federal Government of Benin Republic is keen and very determined to pay your overdue debts, I would not want you to loose this fund out of ignorance and the Federal Government of Benin Republic has deposit your overdue fund US$30.5 Million United States Dollars with United Bank For Africa Benin. The government had a clear mandate to open an online account in your name with the bank and set up an on-line transfer that you will use to transfer the funds  to your personal account.
However, the government deposited your funds to United Bank For Africa. This bank has finally opened an account in your name. Be advice that the bank has already created on-line transfer with the account that opened in your favor and the US$30.5 Million United States Dollars has been transferred to the account that our bank open in your favor, We advice you to contact our fund transfer director Mrs. Gwen Abiola-Oloke with information below, She will direct you on how to transfer your fund from the online account to any bank account of your choice:
Below is our fund transfer direct contact information:
Name :  Mrs. Gwen Abiola-Oloke
Contact Address :  UBA Benin House 23 Avenue Steimetz, Cotonou Benin Republic
Contact email :
Hurry up now and contact Mrs. Gwen Abiola-Oloke on this email address : (  ) She will direct you on how to transfer your fund from your (UBA) online account to any bank account of your choice.
Best Regards
Mr. Phillips Oduoza,
Group Managing Director and CEO,
United Bank for Africa Plc. .. sectors of Benin Republic,
Chad, Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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