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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: UBA Transfer <>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2021 14:49:46 +0100
Subject: Dear Customer,

UBA Bank Head Office, Benin Republic.
Quarter Avkpa,
Face Bubedra Porto Novo
Road, Cotonou Benin Rep.
24 hours banking service.
Office email (
Phone number: +229 51159537
WhatsApp: +229 62987169

Dear Customer,

This is to report to you for the last time that our Bank have
received a correspondence from the Federal High Court
and US Embassy, Benin Republic order as cancellation notice for your
funds transferred to be deleted from foreign payment file concerning
the funds that were sent to you through UBA Bank.
Information reaching us says that you are dead. You are among the
victims that died
in the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Bank management desires to inform you that your funds
transferred with us has been programmed among the Two(2) transactions
that would face cancellation on 20th of October,2021 by the government

We have waited long time enough for you to fulfill the required
obligations and claim the funds like other beneficiaries that have
claimed their funds at the beginning of January this year but nothing
comes up from you as indication from the funds owner.

The management of this BANK/U.S.A government officials held
an urgent meeting in my office today, regards to the transferring of
your funds by Western Union and they have asked my office to submit
all the paper works and files containing your funds confidentiality
but I refused and asked the board members to give me from now till
2 days time so that I can consult you personally for you to declare
your interest on the funds transfer.

Furthermore, you are advised to reply to this email after reading,
and feel free to tell us why you abandoned such a huge amount here
($10.5000,000.Dollars) which we know can change your life. Let us
know if you are no longer interested in completing your transaction.
Finally, if you still have the interest of being paid your funds by
Western Union money transfer; you should kindly forward your
receiver's name and address including your phone number
immediately.Reply this message to the office email for immediate
attention. This is the email you will contact
I am looking forward to your positive cooperation fairly soon.
Best regards,
Dr. Kennedy Uzoka.

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