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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.Emmanuel Okoro" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2021 13:31:08 -0800
Subject: Attn: Beneficiary

E-mail Owner
Tel: (+229) 61661905
Whatsapp number +229)69824669
Contact Email- (

I want to introduce my self to you, I am Mr.JAVA JOHNSON,the newly
elected director general of united Bank for West African States
(UBAOWAS).I have been chosen few weeks ago, and I actually writing
this email to you in person to plead with you for the delayed, you
must have experienced with the previous administration concerning your
fund not being sent to your account. I actually saw your name and your
email in our file yesterday through my searching as one of the
beneficiary who did not receive their fund valued at US$10.5000,000,
00, which supposedly to be transferred to you, because your name was
among the list given to this office, by the United States of America
Anti-Fraud Office as a scammed victim.

We have made it our first point of call to settle all Outstanding
Payments accrued to Individuals or Corporations with respect to local
and overseas contract payment, Debt Rescheduling and Outstanding
Compensation payment as instructed by the Authorities, this is to make
sure all outstanding payments are settled in this fiscal year 2021,On
behalf of the entire staff of the United Bank of West African States
(UBAOWAS) and the Authorities in collaboration with World Bank, we
apologize for the delayed of your contract payment, winning or
inheritance funds from most of African Countries and all the
inconveniences you might have encountered while pursuing this payment.

However, from the records of outstanding beneficiaries due for payment
with this bank, your name was discovered as next on the list of the
outstanding beneficiaries who have not yet received their payments,
note that from the record in our file, your payment is valued at the
total sum of (US$10.5000, 000, 00) (Ten Million Five United States of

We have your file here in the bank and it shows that you are yet to
receive your fund valued at US$10.5000, 000.00 (Ten Million Five
United States of America). These funds will now be conveyed to you
through your preferred payment option. We have perfected all modules
on how to get your funds across to you without further immediately
once you admit to fully comply with every given instruction that shall
emanate from this banking institution till the moment this transaction
is completed.

Kindly reply to this email by reconfirming the below details so as to
ensure no discrepancies in your payment file and as also to avoid
wrong transfer/delivery of funds.

Full Name:______
Home Address:
Phone Number:
BANK NAME:______
Working Id/ intl Passport:

As soon as we receive the above mentioned information, your payment
will be processed and released into you personal Bank Account
immediately without any further delay

Yours in Service,
Mr.Java Johnson
United Bank of West African States (UBAOWAS)
Tel: (+229) 61661905

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