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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: Gerald Johnson <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2022 14:40:43 +0000
Subject: Account Reprofilling (Please Reply)

From: UBS Investment Bank (London)
1 Golden Lane, London.
EC 1Y 0RR, United Kingdom.
The Operations Manager,

Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal ethics, I also hope that you and your family are safe from the deadly covid 19 pandemics? I know that this mail will come to you as a surprise, but please do not be discouraged by my proposal.

However, this correspondence is unofficial and private and it should be treated as such. First, I would like to assure you that this transaction is 100% risk and trouble free for both of us. I am Mr. Gerald Johnson, the Operations Manager with the UBS Investment International Bank here in London. I am contacting you based on my personal interest in developing a mutual business relationship with you in your country. One of our accounts with a holding balance of GBP7,549,250.00 has been dormant for many years. Please I am asking for your partnership in re-profiling the funds. First of all, I would like to assure you that this transaction is 100% risk and trouble free for both parties.

This is the simple reason why i have contacted you, I understand that because of the way the world is right now, you might be jittery about my proposal, but remember as the saying goes " only those who make an attempt to start a journey, are only the ones that will know whether they complete the journey in the end or not ". I have not given you much details about this transaction as I just want to be sure that my message gets you. I solicit your assistance to execute this transaction which will be covered up by me with my status here in the bank. If you are interested to know more, please email me back so we can discuss more about this great business opportunity.

Yours Sincerely,
Gerald Johnson

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