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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: "Mr. Dennis Lynch" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2019 09:48:52 -0800
Subject: From Federal Ministry of Finance. 13


My name is Mr. Dennis Lynch the secretary to the Federal Ministry of Finance Republic of nigeria Africa to be precise, I hereby bring to your notice about your Immediate payments of $10.5m.your funds of $10.5m has being deposited to the united bank of Africa (uba) and this deposit was made officially by our seating president mohammdu buhari with this deposit certificate number, 200089748 and he order the said bank to transfer the funds to your account as soon as you contact them.

During his campaign for his second term in the office of the president then he received a lot of complaint from the international community and united nations as well that a lot of scams has being going on in this country and with this reason he vow that if he assume the office for the second term as president then he is going to deal with the issue of the scammers and pay the people that were involves on it in the pass And your name was found on the list that was submitted to our office recently that your yet to be paid.

And through the legal information arrives to us here that most of the scammers are using western union and Money Gram for the scamming activities, telling the innocent people that western union will pay them such big amount of money. We want to let you know today that western union has no right to handle such payments so stop wasting your time with them.

Your funds $10.5m can only be transfer to your Account online by united bank for Africa the appointed bank by the federal government to transfer your funds directly to your account once you contact them with all your bank details.

The funds were available at the bank now and the bank Manager MR. Ralph Jones has being waiting for you to contact them today for your payments.

So contact the united bank for Africa Immediately you receive this email message and you can also call the Manager on phone and ask him to transfer your funds into your provided account.

This is the Contact E-mail Address of the UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA.(UBA)

Contact Person: MR. Ralph Jones MANAGER
whatsapp number: +2347082162504
Telephone: +2348133658917

Please do not forget to contact the UBA with all your bank details such as follows
1. Full Name and Address......
2. Your Bank Account Number..
3. Swift Code Number…..
4. The Bank Name...........
5. The address of your bank....
6. Your telephone number........
7. Your country..........

Note that the funds were deposited with the Insurance bond and this is the insurance certificate number, 0529, so feel free to contact the directed Bank Immediately.

The united bank for Africa May request the fee of $125.00 from you which will serve as the NON- RESIDENT FEE as you don’t have an account with them according to the Bank Manager.

And the $125.00 was the only fee needed on this transaction and as you are contacting them today then ask them where you can send the payment to them to get your funds transferred to your account online immediately.

Do let me know immediately you receive the funds. God bless you as I wait to hear from you soon.

Your Faithfully
Mr. Dennis Lynch
From Federal Ministry of Finance.

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