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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: customer service <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 05:05:29 -0800
Subject: United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc (ONE LOVE UBA).

Address of Headquarters:UBA House, 57, Marina Lagos
Postal Address of Headquarters: P .O. Box 2406, Marina, Lagos
Telephone/Fax of Headquarters Tel:CALL UBA +234 9021830884
Fax +234 1 2644761

Good day, i am Mr. Kennedy Uzorka the new Group Managing
Director/Chief Executive Officer United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc,
your information's and email address was forwarded to our bank by the
Economic And Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) along side with the
United Nation to release a total sum of 2 Million United States
Dollars and a compensation for being a victim of Nigerian/ West
African scam.

Meanwhile, we have discus with the Chairman of the EFCC Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa
and he has given us the go ahead to release your total
sum within the next 8 working days, so after a board meeting held
yesterday we have decided to release your fund through our
international ATM CARD or ELECTRONICS WIRE TRANSFER depending on wish
means you will prefer out of the two listed on our email.

You are to get back to us with your personal details and your phone
number to ensure it is same as the one forwarded to us by the EFCC
office, also for your security purpose please know that most people
are using the good name of our bank to defraud people so do not give
response to any email without this code (ONE LOVE UBA).

Best Regards,
Mr. Kennedy Uzorka
Director/Chief Executive
United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc

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