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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: "United Bank for Africa Plc" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 11:42:03 +0100

Welcome to UBA Benin Carrefour 20 wuade,
Avenue Jean Paul II 01 BP 2020 Cotonou
E- mail: Alhaji Abdulqadir Bello


Attn: Fund Beneficiary

This is the 3nd time i am sending you this notification letter regarding your abandoned ATM Visa Card valued sum of US$3.5 Millions and i have not received any positive respond from you or asking a suggestion on how you wish to receive your Atm Visa Card. Once again; I am Alhaji Abdulqadir Bello, the new director of ATM Head of Operation United Bank For Africa PLC, I resumed to this office on the 2nd of November 2018 and during my official research I discovered an abandoned ATM Visa card valued sum of $3.5 Million belonging to you as the rightfully intimate beneficiary.

I tried to know why this Card has not been released to you but I was told by the UBA Bank management that the former director of ATM head of operation that left this office three months ago withhold your Card for his own personal use without knowing that his evil plans towards diverting your fund will be discovered.

Now that your ATM Visa Card is still available and ready for your receiving, you can come down here to our Bank to pick up your Card direct from my office or alternatively it can be arranged ship to your home address through any registered reliable Courier Service Company that you will take care of the Courier Charge,hope it is cleared and accepted by you?

I don’t know the Courier Cost of Shipping the Card to you but if you permit me and accept the terms, then I can make an inquiry from the Courier Shipping Company to find out the cost, but in that case you will be required to forward to me your address where you want to receive the Card to enable me find out the shipping cost to your location such as,

1, Your full name and address:---
2, Your direct phone number for easy communication:----------
3, Identification card or passport:-----
4, Your Occupation:------------
5, Nearest airport : ------------

Your direct telephone number and address will be needed and more details of your ATM Card payment will be made known to you as soon as I receive your swift positive response.

Contact me on this below email address;

E-mail address:=== ( )
Contact person:=== Alhaji Abdulqadir Bello or to the Group Chairman of UBA, Mr Tony Elumelu

Thanks for your co-operation and i wait for your kind positive respond.

Yours Faithfully,
Alhaji Abdulqadir Bello & Mr Isaac Olukayode Fasola
UBA Bank Management

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