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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. Kennedy Uzoka" <xx@yy>
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2021 03:03:07 -0700
Subject: Attention: Beneficiary

United Bank Of Africa Plc.
Head Office Address
Plot 136, Balogun Street
Lagos Island, Nigeria.

Attention: Beneficiary.

We apologize for the delay on the delivery of your ATM VISA CARD and all the inconveniences we might put you through, while we were having some minor problems in uploading your fund transfer into an ATM MASTER CARD for delivery. Which in all case not meeting up with our delivery service. Once again we apologize Note that you have a registered ATM VISA CARD of ($7.500.000.00 USD)to be delivered to you by, FedEX Company. Having review all the obstacles and problems surrounding the
transfer of your ($7.500,000.00USD) Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars, We the Board of Directors (United Bank Of Africa Plc) ordered our Foreign Payment Remittance Unit to issue you a CORPORATE VISA CARD where your payment was uploaded few days ago.

Immediately we got your Payment uploaded into CORPORATE VISA CARD, we ordered for the delivery of your ATM VISA CARD via FedEX CourieCompany Contact us immediately with your current details and delivery address as stated below:


Your Shiment Code: #AXIB 131ZXR,
Your Package Registration No;#Eg2272,
Security code No: #01721457
PIN number No #2424

They will proceed immediately to your Home Address as soon as we receives your current delivery details.Note. your ATM visa card withdrawing access PIN number is (2424) take note, once you receive the ATM card take it to any ATM teller machine or POS cash point around your area and slot the card and enter the PIN number (2424) to activate and start withdrawing thereafter, or you can ask your delivery agent to activate the ATM card for you before leaving. Make sure you enter the 4 digit code yourself for security reason. Finally, be informed that we left an instruction to your delivery agent FedEx,for urgent delivery of your ATM Visa Card,immediately you forward us the required information, feel free to get in touch with us today.


Mr Kennedy Uzoka
Call phone +2347069383279
Email ;
General Managing Director/ CEO of UBA

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