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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: Sun, 19 Jul 2020 18:30:39 +0100

UBA House,57, Marina,
P. O. Box 2406, Lagos.


After series of meeting since last week based of debt reconciliation issues
which we finally concluded today. we are very sorry for the delay we’ve
been having on your issue for the past 2-3yrs. We just crosschecked your
payment file properly and found out that it was the previous CBN Governor
Mr. Sanusi Lamido and Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo who labeled your bank account as a
fraud account and this has been the reason why your transfer is always
intercepted whenever it is been transferred out of any bank here in
west-Africa, Nigeria.

I apologize for all numerous charges we have been collecting and demanding
from you all this while. However, I am so glad that we have finally gotten
the truth of your matter and it has been resolved this afternoon. Your bank
account has been removed from the list of Money Laundry where Mr. Sanusi
Lamido and Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo placed it before so your fund would go
successfully when transferred on Wednesday morning.

Our affiliate headquarters in Washington DC approved your transfer today
and they have also cleared your name and bank details from the list of the
Crucial Terrorist Unit in the United States where those fools placed it
before. we need to send all hard copies of your fund documents and all
Anti-Terrorist Clearance certificates to you today so you can receive them
before Wednesday and submit them to your bank because that’s the
instruction that will be placed on the transfer to your bank. Your fund
will be transfer with an outstanding order to your bank that if the sole
beneficiaries does not tender all original copies of the fund documents and
Anti-Terrorist Clearance certificates, the fund should not be paid to you.

This outstanding order will be placed on your transfer for security reasons
so your transfer would not be hacked or intercepted by anyone and mostly
because of those dishonest CBN staffs who knows about your transfer and who
have been trying to divert your fund.

However, you will have to provide your postal address where those documents
would be delivered to you and the sum of $100.00 only for the FedEx
delivery and premium fee.

Please, be informed that you’re not entitle to make any further payment for
any approvals, documents or transfer apart from the requested FedEx
delivery and premium fee of $100.00 and you’re guaranteed that your
transfer must take place since we have found out what has been holding your
fund anytime it's been transferred.

We anticipate your immediate action on this matter of global interest.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Kennedy Uzoka
Group Managing Director/CEO
Tel: +234-802-715-7165.


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