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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:

Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 02:54:12 -0700
Subject: YOUR ATM Visa CARD WORTH $8.7 million IS AVAILABLE.

United Bank For Africa Plc.
Remittance Department funds of International Transfer.
Address: 7741 unesvia Avenue kotoungbe rue cotonou.
Our Ref: 2494UBA5754


Your ATM Visa Card has been issued this morning and the said Card is
available right now for immediate pick up by the rightful owner which
is you, your Visa Card is under my supervise, while the Pin Code which
you will use to access it is under the protection of the Management
for security reasons. be rest assured that United Bank for Africa
{UBA} has approved and upgraded your ATM Visa Card in your favor this
morning. The amount upgraded in is $8.7 million. Official invitation
have been extended to you to visit United Bank For Africa {UBA}
Republique du Benin and collect your ATM Visa Card and Pin Code so
that you will activate it by yourself and start withdrawing
Money/funds from any ATM Visa Machine in any part of the World, but
the amount you can withdraw per a day is $5,000usd as we have
programmed it.

Alternatively, if you are unable to visit United Bank for Africa
Republique du Benin for collection of your ATM Visa Card and Pin Code,
then you must therefore applied/comply for your ATM Visa Card to be
sent to you via our Diplomatic Courier Service at your own expenses by
offsetting the following payments such as:

A) Shipment fee is $45.00 dollars.
B{ Insurance Fee 50.00

Your ATM Visa Card must be insured so that it can get to you without
any problem or diversion. This is because these ATM Visa Card can be
use to withdraw money/funds from any ATM Machine in any part of the
world. Your secret Pin Code will be given to you once you received the
Card from us for security reason, the payments sum of us$95.00 dollars
must be paid to enable us shipped the ATM Visa Card to your address to
enable you Activate it once you received it and start withdrawing
$5,000 dollars from any ATM Visa Machine in any part of the world.
Therefore, once we confirmed, you are ready for the shipment, if you
cannot come to United Bank for Africa Republique du Benin for
collection of your ATM Visa CARD, we will furnish you that
receiver/payment information which you will use to send the required

As soon as the fee is received, we shall immediately dispatch your ATM
Visa Card to your address and it will take only 2 days to arrive to
your home to enable you start withdrawing funds that same day from any
ATM Machine nearest to you. Thanks for your understanding and we are
waiting for your quick reply and the payment information for the
shipment of your ATM CARD.

Remain Bless for Banking and Co-operating with us (UBA).

Yours in service,
KENNEDY UZOKA, CEO United Bank for Africa.

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