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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: Contact Email <>
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2021 17:38:09 +0100
Subject: Contact them for more details

United Nations Headquarters New York
Address: New York, NY 10017, USA
Your payment File Number: (wp195uno)

Your Ref Code: (2921-9121)

Attn: Unpaid Beneficiary

Good day to you I hope you and your family are in good health? I am
contacting your for the last time to let you know that your approved
compensation payment of $2.5M is ready and this payment will be
closing any time soon so if you have not contacted the paying bank I
will advice you to contact them now and follow there instruction to
enable you receive your own payment before it will be cancelled

I repeat Contact the paying bank now and do what is required by the
paying bank so that they will proceed and move your payment direct to
your position to avoid been cancelled.
Below under is the paying bank contact information.

Bank Name: United Bank for Africa (UBA)
Address: 57 Marina Rd, Lagos Island, Lagos Nigeria
Contact Person: Mr. Tony O. I. Elumelu
Position: MD/CEO of UBA Plc
Phone: +23470-6126-8585

Thanks for your understand

Best regards,
Mr. António Guterres
Call or text me on +1-959-242-2777

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