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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 <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 04 Jul 2019 08:30:57 +0100
Subject: Re: Instant compensation Payment valued at US$25,000.000.00 usd

Our ref: cus/snt/stb.
Re: Instant compensation Payment valued at US$25,000.000.00 usd

It is my modest obligation to write you this letter as regards the
authorization of your owed payment through our most respected financial
institution (UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA). I am Mr.John Obiang, the chief
executive officer, foreign operations department , the
British government in conjunction with U.S government, united nations
organization on foreign payment matters has empowered our bank after
consultation and consideration to handle all foreign payments and
them to their appropriate beneficiaries.

Having received these vital payment numbers, you are instantly
to receive and confirm your payment with us within the next 48hrs.

Be well informed that we have verified your payment file in year 2019
directed to us and your name is next on the list of our outstanding
beneficiaries to receive their payment for this first term of the year
2019. Be advised that because of too many funds beneficiaries due for
payment at this first quarter of the year, you are entitled to receive
sum of Twenty Five million United State dollars
(25,000.000.00 usd) as full payment of your fund.

So you are therefore advise to re-confirm the following Information for
immediate process of your transfer to this email

1) Your full name:.....
2) Your full address:...
3) Your contact telephone and Fax:....
4) Your profession:.......
5) Any valid form of your identification/driven license:...

As soon as we receive the above mentioned information, your payment
processed and released to you without any further delay. Be also
that You are not allowed to communicate with any other person(s) or
so as to avoid conflict of information, you are required to provide the
above information for your transfer to be taken place through UBA Bank
your personal bank account.

We look forward to serving you better.

Yours sincerely.
Mr.John Obiang
Chief Executive Director,United Bank for Africa

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