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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: "Alex Morgan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 12:14:43 +0100

marina p.o. box 2406
Lagos Nigeria

Good DAY.

This is to bring to your notice that the United Nations has given a deadline to have your outstanding COMPENSATION PAYMENT FUND transfers completed,or the Beneficiary will stands a chance of losing the funds indefinitely . It is a great help to you from all the difficulties you have been experiencing in getting your long over due payment, due to excessive demand of fees and charges from you by corrupt Bank officials as we discovered in your payment file.

As a Group Managing Director,of the United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), it is my pleasure to write you on out going payment schedule with UNITED NATIONS/FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA COMPENSATION PAYMENT FUND Valued $6.5Million,which has been successfully scheduled for Direct Bank to Bank Wire Transfer to any of your Nominated Bank account, and there is no way your partners could have succeeded in manipulating this transfer in your favor before this time,because both the MT103 passwords and ownership clearance papers on this payment respectively are not at their disposals.

Re-confirm to me the followings

(1) Your full names:
(2) Contact address:
(3) Tel-Fax/cell phone numbers:
(4) Occupation/Position:
(5) Name of company if any:
(6) Age and marital status:
(7) Receiving bank detail

As soon as we receive this information, we shall proceed immediately with your payment without further delay as you will be responsible for the transfer MT103 Telex .

Waiting for your urgent respond in this regards.

Dr Alex Morgan,
Group Managing Director,
United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA)

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