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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 Capital Europe Ltd." <>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2022 20:18:40 -0800
Subject: CEO/Managing Director,

Department of Human Settlements

Dear Fund Beneficiary,
This message is directed to you based on the letter from the office of Rishi Sunak, the
Member of British Parliament in-charge of finance in response to instruction He
from the International Monetary Fund's Agency (I.M.F) after the G7 Summit meeting headed last
regarding the settlement of all Winnings/ Inheritance/ Contract funds to the Beneficiaries.

Now, we have actually been authorized by Rishi Sunak, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
secretary general to contact you for your overdue payment. This is the third time your Payment files
has come to my table, and every time an Executive Order comes from the government ordering that your fund should
be recalled back to the World Bank Escrow account,as result of your delay in making the claim.
Meanwhile, our Payment Settlement System (PSS) has received another permanent Authority / Irrevocable Release
/ Unconditional payments guarantee from the global Financial Regulatory Agency/ International Monetary
Fund (IMF) organization Global Managing Director Hon.Mrs Kristalina Georgieva to pay you off your
Inheritance Funds via ATM Visa Card or rather through T/T Wire Transfer pending on your best choice of payment.

Also note that from the record in my files your outstanding Inheritance
payment is USD$11.5Million Dollars (Eleven Million Five Hundred Thousand United State
Dollars) only. Now your new Payment Reference No.-35460021, Allocation No: 674632 Password
No: 339331, Pin Code No: 7**4 and your Certificate of Merit Payment No: 103, ATM Visa Card
Released Code No: 0763; Immediate Telex confirmation No: -1114433, Secret Code No: XXTN013,
Having received these vital payment numbers, therefore You are qualified now to receive and
confirm Your payment with the United Bank Of Africa (BOA)offshore partners London UK.

To issue the ATM Visa Card or transfer your funds through your bank account, you are
therefore advised to contact the United Bank Of Africa (BOA)Offshore London United Kingdom.
This is so because the United Nations Anti-Crime Commission and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
have chosen them to payout your fund, because United Bank Of Africa(BOA)Off-shores London is not only highly
inter-switched but their ATM Visa Card is also a global payments technology that enables consumers,(B2C)
& businesses(B2B),financial institutions and governments to use digital currency instead of cash and checks.
Kindly contact the United Bank Of Africa (BOA) plc offshore London UK ATM Visa Card Issuance
Department now with their contact below:

Contact: Barrister Nelson Eke-son
Director ATM VISA CARD Issuance Department
(United Bank Of Africa (BOA)Plc offshore London UK
Address ...36 Queen Street, London, EC, 4R IBN UNITED KINGDOM
Contact Email:

Meanwhile, a woman came to my office a few days ago with a Sworn Affidavit from Arizona High Court
Court USA, claiming to be your true representative, she said she is your sister's IN-LAW and
that you have authorized her to receive the fund (ATM Visa Card) on your behalf. Her Name is:

Please, do reconfirm to this office, as a matter of urgency if this woman is from you
so that the United Bank Of Africa (BOA) Offshore partners UK will not be held responsible for paying to the wrong
beneficiary. However, United Bank Of Africa (BOA) plc Offshore London will Proceed to Issue the ATM Visa Card to the Said
(Ms DE ANN KAY PONTHIEUX) If they do not hear from you within the Next Three (3) Banking Working
days from today. So if you like to receive your funds through this means you're advised to contact
(Barrister Nelson Ekeson) and forward him the following information as stated below:

1. Your Full Name:
2. Address Where You Want the Courier Company to Send Your ATM Card
To or (P.O Box)
3. Your Age:
4. Occupation:
5. Cell/Mobile Number:

NOTE: You are advised to furnish Barrister Nelson Eke-son with your correct and valid details. Also
be informed that the amount to be paid to you now is USD$11.5 Million (Eleven Million Five
Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) only. We expect your urgent response to this email
to enable us to monitor this payment effectively thereby making contact with Rev. Robert Williams
directed to avoid further delay.

Please Be Warned, as The United Nations Anti-Crime Commission and the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) does not instruct any other Bank or agent to handle this payment except (Barrister Nelson Eke-son),
whom we can only give attention to, as from now, we advise you to stop all the
communications you are having with any other Agent or bank officials in Europe, Asia and Africa
regarding your payment.
Thanks for your understanding as you follow instructions.
Yours in Services.
Ebele Ogbue
CEO/Managing Director,
Uba Capital Europe Ltd.

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