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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: "Ms. Linda Mark" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2021 12:01:04 +0200
Subject: Re: Re: $1,200,000.00 U.S. Dollars

United Bank for Africa (UBA)
C/505, Cocotomey, Cotonou,
Benin Republic
Phone: +229 6524124
Phone: +229 6524123
Fax: +229 652412422
Web site:
Ref: UBA.00/XX-21/A1

Date: .... 10-08-2021

Dear Beneficiary,
Your Payment Release Update
Value: $ 1,200,000.00 USD.

                                                Issue of bank transfer

With due respect, I am Ms. Linda Mark, secretary to Mr. Leon Pierre.
(Director Head Of Electronic Transfer) at the United Bank for Africa (UBA).

Sequel to the directive received from the United Nations (UN) office in charge of Covid-19 Relief Funds for Mitigation on Coronavirus Pandemic, we are authorised to pay you and your household the sum of One Million,  Two Hundred Thousand  United States  Dollars= $1,200,000.00.

Time is utmost important as the law stipulates that within 21days of the order without claim by the receiver which is you, such payment should be off the bank custody, that's why the time of this transaction is paramount important for you to comply now to receive your payment like other beneficiaries who have as well benefited from this program.

For Urgent contact me on:

Thanks for banking with us.

United Bank for Africa (UBA)  welcomes you

Ms. Linda Mark
Secretary to:
Director Head Of Electronic Transfer

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