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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: UBA Relationship officer <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 18:56:44 +0100

A big CONGRATULATIONS as I have finally located you after so many
efforts have been made trying to reach you.I hope you are not affected
directly by the corona virus pandemic !!!! I am the new appointed
foreign department relationship officer of united bank for Africa and
i am also in-charge of seeking the rightful heir to these assets
deposited overdue funds, this is to inform you that some evil people
in our bank are trying to divert the funds that belong to foreigners
who are affected by the Corona Virus Pandemic around the world, so you
should contact me immediately in order to receive your USD3,500,000.00
before it will be too late if you are free from the virus to avoid
blaming this bank after the issue of virus. REPLY ME TO THIS EMAIL:
( )
Account :
Mrs Mary Marcel
UBA Relationship officer
Email: ( )

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