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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. Tony O. Isaac" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 06:35:47 -0800
Subject: Attention: Dear Beneficiary,

This is to inform you officially that we have verified your payment
file this morning and find out the reason you have not received your
payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you
in respect of your funds.

Secondly, we have been informed that you are still dealing with none
officials in the bank and all your attempts to secure the release of
your fund are still in vain. We wish to advise you that such an
illegal act has to stop if you wish to receive your payment since we
have decided to bring a solution to your problems in receiving funds.
This idea is the latest instruction given to this bank by the Federal
Ministry of Finance and United Nations Organizations.

I write this message to inform you that your compensation/ funds of
$4.500,000,00 is deposited in United Bank of Africa (UBA) PLC this
morning or online transfer because bank to bank online wire transfer
is best and easier way to receive this fund. You are now going to
receive your funds through Online Banking Transfer. To receive your
funds through online banking, I want you to contact United Bank for
Africa (UBA) with below email and forward your banking details
Information to them.

You are now going to receive your funds through Online Banking
Transfer. To receive your funds through online banking, you need to
reply back with the following information as urgent as possible.

1. Your full name:
2. Phone and fax number:
3. Address:
4. Country:
5. Your age and current occupation:
6. A copy of your identity:

Once again, you have to stop henceforth your further communication
with any other person or office regarding this transaction, this is to
avoid any hitch or delay in finalizing your payment. The transfer of
your total sum of $4,500.000.00 will be completed through online
banking transfer as soon as possible.

The online banking information will be forwarded to you upon the
receipt of your response for the urgent online transfer. Also note
that because of impostors, we hereby issue you our code of conduct,
which is UBA-001 you must have to indicate this code while replying

Yours sincerely

Mr. Tony O. Isaac
Executive Director
United Bank for Africa (UBA) PLC
Director Tel + 22966676007

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