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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. Mark Thomas" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2021 21:16:33 +0100
Subject: Kindly Contact United Bank For Africa Immediately

Kindly Contact United Bank For Africa Immediately

Dear Fund Beneficiary;

We wish to inform you that our management has approved the settlement
of your transaction through our United Bank For Africa, final approval
and a priority payment instruction has been issued to our
corresponding Bank, the United Bank For Africa to transfer your funds
to any of your designated Bank account through their Online Transfer
Platform, the management has signed off the total sum of
$10,500,000.00 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) Only, on your behalf, therefore you are advised to urgently
contact the United Bank For Africa as payment directive has been
issued and communicated with them in your favor.

We have forwarded your payment file to United Bank For Africa and
informed the Manager about the arrangement so get in touch with him to
assist you in getting the transfer done this week and with his
directives, the Transfer will be confirmed in your nominated account
within 24 hours.

Contact United Bank For Africa Immediately
Mr. Kennedy Uzoka
Manager, Foreign Operation
Telephone: +229-67-573-205

Be advised to STOP all further communications with all and keep this
communication confidential to avoid interception of online information
that might lead to false claim or loss of any part of your Fund.

we sincerely apologize for any difficulties caused. Keep me updated
if you find it needful.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Mark Thomas

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