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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 Group Bank <>
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2022 07:52:15 +0100
Subject: Attention Beneficiary.

UBA Group Bank
Carrefour des trios Banques Avenue Pape Jean Paul II, Cotonou
Remittance Director: Agoman Chris
Contact Tel: +229 91 80 97 67

Attention Beneficiary.
We have been mandated to inform you of your pending unclaimed fund
amounting to the sum of ($12,500.000USD) in our Bank and also to bring
to your notice that all unpaid fund has been directed by the United
Nation/International Monetary Fund to dispatch to the various
beneficiaries including you with immediate effect due to the ongoing
pandemic saga. You are advised to get back to us now with your details
for fast processing and transfer of your fund as directed.
Congratulations and waiting to hear back from you

Thanks for your Co-operation and we looking forward to hear from you.
Nancy Sekho

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