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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: David Duffy <>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2018 11:01:15 -0700

>From the desk of David Duffy
Remittance director United Bank For Africa Plc
Head Office: 57, Marina, Lagos
TEL: +234-8029884147

Dear Customer

This is official message from the United Bank For Africa Plc to inform
you that we have verified your contract/inheritance file and found out
why you have not received your fund is because you have not fulfilled
the obligations given to you in respect of your fund.

Secondly we have been informed that you are still dealing with the
none officials in the bank all your attempt to secure the release of
the fund to you. we wish to advice you that such an illegal act like
this have to stop if you wishes to receive your fund.

We have decided to bring a solution to your problem, right now we have
arranged your payment through our swift card payment center, this card
center will send you an ATM card which you will use to withdraw your
money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is
Fifteen thousand United States dollars per day, so if you like to
receive your fund this way please let us know and also send the
following information.

(1) your phone and fax number (2) address were you want us to send
the ATM card and your nearest airport, also indicate if you wish to
receive payment either by wire transfer to your account or by the ATM

The ATM card payment center has been mandated to issue out
US$10,300,000.00 million US Dollars as part payment for this fiscal
year 2018. also for your information you have to stop any further
communication with any other person(s) or office(s). this is to avoid
any hitches in finalizing the release of the fund to you. email back
as soon as you receive this important message.

Yours Sincerely
Mr. David Duffy.
Director of operations
United Bank For Africa Plc

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