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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:

Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 13:16:34 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Your ATM Master Card has been issued out this morning

International Remittance Department funds Transfer Section
United Bank For Africa Plc. Republique du Benin
Address:rue 7741 unesvia avenue kotoungbe cotonou.
Our Ref: UBA#163/5502


In receipt of your active retort to United Bank For Africa {UBA} acknowledging your details concern your ATM Master Card which you will be used to be withdrawing your $8.7M dollars.

Your ATM Master Card has been issued out this morning and the said Card is available right now for immediate pick up by the rightful owner which is you, your Master Card is under my supervise, while the Pin Code which you will use to access it is under the protection of the Management for security reasons. be rest assured that United Bank for Africa {UBA} has approved and upgraded your ATM Master Card in your favor this morning. The amount upgraded in is $8.7 million.

Official invitation have been extended to you to visit United Bank For Africa {UBA} Republique du Benin and collect your ATM Master Card and Pin Code so that you will activate it by yourself and start withdrawing Money/funds from any ATM Visa Machine in any part of the World, but the amount you can withdraw per a day is $5,000usd as we have programmed it.

Alternatively, if you are unable to visit United Bank for Africa Republique du Benin for collection of your ATM Master Card and Pin Code, then you must therefore applied/comply for your ATM Master Card to be sent to you via our Diplomatic Courier Service at your own expenses by offsetting the following payments such as:

A) Shipment fee is $40 dollars.
B{ Insurance Fee 55

Your ATM Master Card must be insured so that it can get to you without any problem or diversion. This is because these ATM Master Card can be use to withdraw money/funds from any ATM Machine in any part of the world. Your secret Pin Code will be given to you once you received the Card from us for security reason, the payments sum of us$95.00 dollars must be paid to enable us shipped the ATM Master Card to your address to enable you Activate it once you received it and start withdrawing us$5,000 dollars from any ATM Visa Machine in any part of the world..

Therefore, if you cannot come to United Bank for Africa Republique du Benin for collection of your ATM VISA CARD, you must therefore kindly go right now to Western Union or Money Gram and send this shipment and insurance fee of us$ 95.00 with the details below:

Receiver's Name... PATEL RUMZO
Country... Republique du Benin
City…. Cotonou
Text question…..Very
Text answer...Urgent
Amount….$95us dollars.

As soon as the fee is received, we shall immediately dispatch your ATM Master Card to your address and it will take only 2 days to arrive to your home to enable you start withdrawing funds that same day from any ATM Machine nearest to you. Thanks for your understanding and we are waiting for your quick reply and the payment information for the shipment of your ATM CARD.

Remain Bless for your Co-operating with us into (UBA).

Yours in service,
Mr. PATEL RUMZ, Manager ATM Department
United Bank for Africa Republique du Benin

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