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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:

Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2022 00:06:29 +0100
Subject: Re: Re: UBA/IMF How To Receive Your unclaimed funds ?

United Bank for Africa
Our Head office:House, 57, Marina,
P. O. Box 2406, Lagos, Nig
Whats-app Telephone: +234 704-1722-460

Attention: Beneficiary,

We are not sure you received our previous message. But we wish to use
this medium to officially inform you that following the ongoing review
of all unclaimed and delayed funds by the United Nations and the World
Bank, your payment file was forwarded to our office for immediate
release of your long delayed fund US$5.5m with reference
No.WBC/LU-14GN, to your bank account or through our new ATM Debit

To facilitate your payment, we advise you should quickly choose from
approved payment options and get back to us with needed information.

Option 1: An ATM debit card with Pin Code: Reconfirm your full name,
Home address, Whats-app/Telephone number and occupation.

Option 2: Bank to bank wire transfer: your bank name and address,
your account name, account number, swift code/routing and occupation.

As matter urgency, I advise you should quickly contact me via our
remitted email ( )

Yours sincerely,
Mr. Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu
Nigerian economist, entrepreneur,
and philanthropist. chairman of
Heirs Holdings and the United Bank for Africa

CC: Office of David Malpass World Bank president
CC: Office of Mr.António Guterres UN Secretary General
CC: World Bank Washington DC.

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