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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.Dan Okeke" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 15:25:36 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,

I wish to use this medium to inform you that your compensation payment of
USD$18,500,000.00 (Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) from United Bank for Africa have been approved for onward transfer
to you via an ATM DEBIT CARD which you will use to withdraw all the
USD$18,500,000.00 in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world, but
the maximum you can withdraw in a day is USD$10,000.00 Only.

In regards to the recent meeting between the Africa Union and the Present
United Kingdom Government to restore the dignity and Economy of the
Nations, Base on the Agreement with the International Monetary Funds
Assistance to help and make the world a better place for all with the sole
aim of abolishing poverty. We have been having a meeting for the past 5
months which ended 2 days ago. The National Central Bureau of Interpol
enhanced by the Government of the United Kingdom and Federal Bureau of
Investigation have successfully passed a mandate to the Government of
Nigeria to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to
Foreigners and Compensate all that have lost their hard earned money to the
Nigerian Fraudsters.

This email is to all the people that have had an unfinished transaction in
any part of the world, the Africa Union have agreed to compensate them with
the sum of USD$18,500,000.00 (Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars) This includes every foreign contractors that may have not
received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished
transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government
problems, Contracts Sum, Lottery/Gambling etc. Your name and email was in
the list Submitted by our Monitoring Teams of Economic and Financial Crime
Commission (EFCC), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Federal Bureau
of Investigation (FBI) Observers and this is why we are contacting you,
this have been agreed upon and have been signed.

You are advised to acknowledge this message. This funds has been credited
in ATM CARD for security purposes ok? So we shall send it to you by DHL
delivery Company, UPS, FedEx or by any means of your choice and you can
withdraw in any ATM Cash Point Machine Worldwide at the daily limit of
$10,000 usd. Acknowledge this message immediately for your ATM VISA CARD
Delivery with the following information.

1. Full name: ============================== =======2. Phone number: ============================== ====3. Home address for the Delivery===================4. Date of Birth========================= ==========5. Your Occupation==================== =============6. A copy of your driving license. ================

We are very sorry for the plight you have gone through in the past years.
Thanks for adhering to this instruction and once again accepting our

Best Regards.
Mr.Dan Okeke
Executive Director
United Bank for Africa PLC

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