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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 Bank Online" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2019 14:20:49 +0100
Subject: Your Urgent Attention Needed for the $12.5Million Approved funds

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract
/inheritance file presently on our desk, and we found out that you have
not Received your payment due to your lack of co-operation and not
fulfilling The obligations giving to you by the state government in
respect to your contract /inheritance Payment.

Therefore we have arranged your $12.5Million us dollars to be
transferred to your via either bank to bank wire transfer or atm visa
master card, any of your choice.

You are advice to provided the below information to enable the bank
proceed with the transfer of your funds immediately because your payment
file will be cancel by the begining of next year which is in few days
we have tried by sending you several messages in this regard;

The bank wire transfer department will assume the transfer of your funds
as soon as your bank or Home address are provided
the maximum is (5,000.00) Five Thousand Us Dollars per day via the atm
card. So, if you like to receive your fund this way, please do let us know by
Forwarding the below details to the bank.

Bank details....
Full names: __
Address: ____
Country: ____
Zip Code: ___
Sex: __
Age: __
Marital status: ____
Occupation/Position: ___
Scan copy of any of your identification: _
Tel/House /private: __
Mr. / Mrs.___ ___

Forward the above details to this information below.
Director Mr.Andrew jackson UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA (UBA),
Foreign Remittance Department

Thanks for your co-operation.
From: Mr.Amand Kojo

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