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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" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2021 01:10:06 +0100

United Bank For Africa
Address: Avenue Jean-Paul Ii-08 Bp 0879-Cotonou-Bénin
Tel: +229-6607-6333

Attention please!

We were authorized by the President,Republic of Benin and the Governing
Board of Central Bank to investigate the unnecessary delay of your
payment,to also recommend and approve your claims for
payment if the report of the unclaimed contract/inheritance funds is
genuine. However, we discovered that your funds has been unnecessarily
delayed by corrupt officials of some banks.

We have agreed with the authority that we will handle this payment
ourselves to avoid the hopeless situation created by those officials.
Currently your Inheritance/Contract fund of $28,5Million has
been credited in ATM card.Contact us with your details including phone
lines for immediate delivery.

So if you like to receive your funds through this means you’re advised
to contact us with the following information as stated below:

1. Your Full Name:
2. Address Where You Want the Courier Company to Send Your ATM Card To
or (P.O Box)
3. Your Age:.
4. Occupation:.
5. Cell/Mobile Number:

I await your urgent response to this message.

Best Regard.
Mobile Number:+229-6607-6333
Mr. Kennedy Uzoka,UBA Plc.

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