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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 For Africa Plc." <>
Reply-To: "United Bank For Africa Plc." <>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2018 14:38:40 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: From United Bank For Africa (UBA).

United Bank For Africa Plc. (UBA)
57, Marina, Lagos,Nigeria.

With Due Respect Sir / Madam

Attention:Beneficiary !!!!!

This is to confirm receipt of your e-mail and content well noted and observed accordingly.Have you sit down and ask your self one question .Why is it that i have all these Documentations and yet i have not received my funds? I will not any way violate any United States Law in trying to finish this project and that is why we must follow the due process.


This is to inform you that we are in receipt of your mail regarding your fund $10.5 Million Dollars that was deposited by one Deputado F. Martins before she traveled on a business trip. Regarding this, we are completely sure that you are the rightful owner of the deposited fund.

Your fund presently has been deposited in a suspense account, here in our Bank, the United Bank For Africa (UBA) . Funds in suspense account can not be transferred out because the account is dormant and it needs to be activated by the recipient of the fund.

Therefore, to initiate your fund transfer, you are expected to open an account with this Bank in your name. It is from this activated account that your fund would be transferred to your designated account in your home Country. The deposit you are going to use in activating this suspense account will be refunded to you at any time you so desire to close the account after fund have be transferred. Also, all the covering documents issued are available and would be sent to you by air mail, after you must have satisfied the Banking requirements.

Account Type


Vaulting Account: This account enjoys the full service of the Bank and can be operated from anywhere in the world online. Your fund would be
transferred in 24hrs after confirmation of payment. The basic requirement to activate this account is an activation fee of ($198) only.

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Date of Birth:
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Account Holder:
Account No.:
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You are to visit any of the Western Union or Money Gram OUTLET and make Account Activation Payment to:

Receiver Names: Nlewedim Onyinye Lucky
Receiver Address: Abuja-Nigeria
Via: Western Union or Money Gram  .
Amount: $198

One done, you are therefore advice to send us the payment detials (MTCN)for clarity sake before your fund can be transferred/Wire into your local account in your Country. These services are provided by the United Bank For Africa (UBA) and the transfer will take place at the specific stipulated time, after payment has been made by you and confirmed by our account


NOTE: This Bank is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority, and as a result, you will have to follow the Banking policy of the Nigeria Government by making payment for activation charges. Also, that your fund is protected by a hardcover insurance policy, which makes it impossible to deduct any amount from the money before it is remitted to you. This means that the said charges cannot be deducted from your fund.

Best Wishes,
Mr.Phillips Oduoza
Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Office
United Bank For Africa (UBA).

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed.
Dissemination, distribution or copying of this e-mail or the information herein by anyone other than the intended recipient, or an employee or agent Responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, is Prohibited....
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