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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: George White <>
Reply-To: George White <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2018 08:31:44 +0900 (JST)
Subject: your ATM CARD uploaded with the sum of $4,800,000

Dear Esteem Customer,

We are delighted to inform you that your ATM CARD uploaded with the sum of $4,800,000 is ready for your use.

Kindly contact the Officer in Charge of the ATM Department with your information for more dispatch details.

The information needed from you is as follows your full name, Address and Telephone Numbers this should be sent to the Head of Banking Services, United Bank for Africa.

Best regards from United Bank for Africa ATM Management Team.

Dr. George White
Contact Email:
Head of Banking Services,
United Bank for Africa (UBA)

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