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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: mrs vivian francis <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 13:54:00 +0100
Subject: congrats to you dear

Dear Beneficiary

We contact you regarding your Unclaimed Compensation funds.
($3.7 Million) USD deposited in our office
by the Ecowas organization and instructed us to send the money through to
ATM VISA CARD OR Money-Gram ONLINE transfer payment system
Easy demand for your money. You directed our Foreign Payment
The Remittance Unit, United Bank of Africa Lome Togo, will give you a
Credit card. VISA payment will be debited here (US$3.7 Million)
from your fund to continue withdrawing your funds.

This is to let you know that a total of $3.7 Million in funds has been
It is planned to pay you with an ATM VISA CARD.

And today we inform you that your fund has been deposited in VISA.
UBA Bank's card and also ready for delivery, contact
UBA Bank's secretary, his name is Dr. KENNEDY UZOKA.

General Manager of United Bank for Africa

Bank website:


Submit the following information for the delivery of your credit ATM
VISA Card to your address:

Your full name =================
Your country of origin =========
Your city =======================
Your home address ============
Your gender ======================
Your age =======================
Your profession ================
Your phone number ===========
Your country's postal code ========
Be notified that we have completed all necessary arrangements
ready to be sent regarding your payment and ATM VISA CARD
As soon as you contact us with the information below.
Contact Person: Ms. Vivian Francis
Contact email: (uba <> Therefore you
should send
Please inform Ms Vivian Francis as soon as possible.
avoid unnecessary delays.

thank you

Ms. Vivian Francis (ECO) (601) official.

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