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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 John Coulter <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 14:52:49 +0100
Subject: GOOD NEWS

United Bank for Africa.
36 Queen St, London EC4R 1BN, United Kingdom
Immediate release of your funds for a value of 10M

Our reference 320/725/NWl

It is my modest obligation to write you this letter as regards the
Authorization of your owed payment through our most respected UN
office. I am Mr John Coulter, the Chief Executive Officer foreign
operations Department UBA BANK UK, the united nation in Conjunction
with World Bank Organization on foreign Payment matters has empowered
my bank after much consultation and consideration to handle all
foreign payments and release them to their appropriate beneficiaries.

As the newly appointed/accredited international paying bank, we have
been instructed by the world governing body together with the
committee on international debt reconciliation department to release
your overdue funds with immediate effect; with this exclusive vide
transaction no.339331, pin code: 7859, immediate, having received
these vital payment numbers, you are instantly qualified to receive
and confirm your payment with us within the next 48hrs.

Be informed that we have verified your payment file as directed to us
and your name is next on the list of our outstanding fund
beneficiaries to receive their payment.Note the sum of
$10,000,000,(Ten Million United States Dollars has been approved to be
release to you through ATM Master card or Online banking system

To facilitate with the process of this transaction, please kindly
re-confirm the following information below:

1) Your Full Name:
2) Your Full Address:
3) Your Contact Telephone and Fax No:

As soon as we receive the above mentioned information, your payment
will be processed and released to you without any further delay.

We Look Forward To Serving You Better.

Yours in Service.

Mr John Coulter

United Bank For Africa Plc. United Kingdom

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