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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, 20 May 2019 13:22:21 -0800
Subject: Attention: Sir, Madam, YOUR SWIFT RESPONSE IS HIGHLY NEEDED.....

Address: Carrefour des trois
Banques Avenue Pape Jean Paul
II, Cotonou, Benin
Telephone: +229 67 97 87 37,+234703-5775-245

Dear Beneficiary,

This is to alert you that we received your fund worth the sum $8,500,000 from the United Bank Bank of Africa (UBA) Benin Republic
,we apologies for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences we might put you through, Meanwhile we were having some minor problems
with our payment system which in all case not meeting up with fund beneficiary payments, we apologies once again.

From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with federal Government your name was discovered as next on the list out of
the 11 outstanding, contractors who have not yet received their payments during the 3 years tenure of the previous administration in
office please bear with us for making this initial contact through email.

Meanwhile, a woman came to this bank a few days ago with a letter claiming to be your true representative.

Please do reconfirm to this bank as a matter of urgency if this woman is from you or not so that the federal government will not beheld
First United Bank For Africa(UBA) for paying into wrong account, if this woman is not your representative, you requested to fill and send
this information’s for verification purpose so that your fund valued ($8,500,000) will be remitted in to your nominated bank account.

Kindly reconfirm to the bank the following

1 Your Full Name:
2. Your Current Address:
3. Occupation/ Position
4. Your home/ direct Cell phone numbers
5. Banking details
6. Age and Sex
7. Scan copy of your valid ID card.

As soon as this information is received, your funds will be paid to you through our online banking system We shall proceed to issue all
payments details to the said Mrs. Lisa Gammon if we do not hear from you within the next Seven working days from today.

We are sorry for any inconvenience the delay in transferring of your fund must have caused you. Be informed that this is UNITED BANK FOR
AFRICA (UBA) BENIN REPUBLIC, You can call me on: +234-7035775245 Or email: < > for quick response.

Yours Faithfully,
UBA Bank Benin Republic
DIRECT TELL:+2347035775245

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