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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: "UBA Group" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 22:11:07 -0800
Subject: Finally compensation funds has officially been release to you.




Tel: +1 702-660-0882

Attention: Beneficiary

This is to officially inform you as the recipient of this email that you are among the [100] one hundred individuals from different countries who were victims of various West African Scam selected to be compensated with the sum of $1,000,000.00 [One million USD] each as instructed by World Bank in conjunction with Africa Union [AU] to redeem the image of West African governments/countries where the scam were perpetrated as a result of the protest letters by Int'l communities to World Bank and Africa Union regarding the act of scam against their citizens by West Africans. United Bank for Africa New York USA is one of the banks appointed by World Bank and Africa Union to facilitate payments to verified victims through their email addresses.

As instructed by World Bank that the aforementioned sum should be released to beneficiaries through de-personalized international acceptable ATM VISA CASH CARD to access the $1,000,000.00 compensation amount within any part of the World by each individual beneficiary of the program from the account linked with the Cards, you are therefore, required to re-confirm / submit your personal information which should include the address where the ATM VISA CASH CARD should be delivered to you as thus:

[a]Beneficiary full Names

[b]Full address.

[c]Beneficiary direct telephone lines

Note:: Kindly send a text message with the above needed information to the phone number below for proper documentation..

As the coordinator of this payment in the bank appointed by United Bank for Africa management, you are strictly advised to forward the above listed information of your person to my direct email address ( to make the task of ensuring that the process of making payments to beneficiaries / your person is easier as you are also advised, to limit your communication to me alone to enable me give proper account to the concerned authorities and to prevent over ambitious individuals in and outside the bank from taking undue advantage of you.

Yours faithfully

Mr. Lee Pete

United Bank for Africa

New York USA

Branch/ Payment coordinator

Tel: +1 702-660-0882

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