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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" <>
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2020 09:45:16 +0100
Subject: Dear Beneficiary:


This is to bring to your notice that because of the impossibility of
your fund transfer through the Western Union, Money Gram or Ria Money
Transfer network, we have credited your total of $4.5millon Usd valid
fund into an ATM Card Number (506119102227445160) and I have paid the
re-activation fee and the delivery of the ATM Card To you,I paid it
because the ATM Card worth of $4,500,000.00 which I have registered it
delivery yesterday has less than Seven days to expire in the custody of
the UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS) Logistics company and when it expires,
the money will go into Federal Government treasury account.

With that we decided to help you pay off the money so that the ATM
Card will not expire, because I trust that when you receive your ATM
Card definitely you must pay me back my money and even compensate me
for helping you.

Now I want you to contact UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS) With the physical address you desire
the delivery to be made so that they can deliver your ATM Card to your
designated address without any delay.

Like I stated earlier, the crediting re-activation,delivery and the
company registration charges has been paid by me, but we did not pay
their official keeping fees since they refused and the
reason is that they do not know when you are going to contact them and
the demur- rage might have increased by then, They told me that their
keeping fees is $50 per day only,and I deposited it yesterday

Below is the Contact Information of the UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS) Logistics company
Director Mr Morris Soma, Email Address
Tel: +2348157599680
Contact them today and also send them the security official keeping charge to avoid increase
of their fees and let me know once you receive your ATM card.

Important Notice: your ATM CARD package was registered as a gift so
that the delivery agent will not know the content of your package

Below is the Registration Information's of your ATM CARD SHIPMENT,

SECURITY CODE: SCAT/2012fedex/396/

Your faithfully
Mr.Davis Luiz
Acting Manager of UBA Bank Plc

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