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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: Mrs Bunmi Malik. <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2020 00:02:51 -0700
Subject: Your Compensation payment has been Approved

Federal Reserve Bank of New York,the World bank
injunction with the UBA Bank for
International Compensation Settlement.

Attention beneficiary,

Release of Your Outstanding Compensation Fund USD$500,000.00 USD

I'am obliged to inform you that after several investigation with the United states Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol the High Authorities in charge of every international transaction in Lagos Nigeria was declared that every international unpaid beneficiarysho uld receive their Outstanding Compensation payment worth sum of
USD$500,000.00 USD through ATM card with the help of CEO executive Director of UBA Bank.

Be informed that every legal arrangement was made by the Federal High Court of Justice to sign all the entire proper Documents that will help UBA Bank to carry out the release of your USD$500,000.00 USD through their ATM Banking System.

Based on the above explanation, be strictly advised to contact the Chief Executive Officer Mr.Kennedy Uzoka with bellow information for immediate issuance and delivery of your ATM Card to your home address as soon as possible.

CEO:Executive Director UBA Bank.
Contact Person:Mr.Kennedy Uzoka

You should get in touch with him immediately because the bank was mandated to issue out your payment in this first quarter of the Year 2020.

Thanks for your understanding.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs Bunmi Malik.
Director Legal Services and UBA Secretary.

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