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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: "Mr. Lee Pete" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2022 14:29:53 +0100
Subject: From Mr. Lee Pete

YORK,NY 10020
Tel:+1 646-561-964


This is to officially inform you as the recipient of this email that
you are among the [100] one hundred individuals from different
countries who were victims of various West African Scam selected to be
compensated with the sum of $1,000,000.00 [One million USD] each as
instructed by World Bank in conjunction with Africa Union [AU] to
redeem the image of West African governments/countries where the scam
were perpetrated as a result of the protest letters by Int'l
communities to World Bank and Africa Union regarding the act of scam
against their citizens by West Africans. United Bank for Africa New
York USA is one of the banks appointed by World Bank and Africa Union
to facilitate payments to verified victims through their email

As instructed by World Bank that the aforementioned sum should be
released to beneficiaries through de-personalized international
acceptable ATM VISA CASH CARD or Cheque/ International Bank Draft to
access the $1,000,000.00 compensation amount within any part of the
World by each individual beneficiary of the program from the account
linked with the Cards, you are therefore, required to re-confirm /
submit your personal information which should include the address
where the ATM VISA CASH CARD should be delivered to you as thus:

You are advised to contact ALHAJI JASSIM MOHAMMED of United Bank for
Africa, as he is our representative in West Africa, Nigeria ,contact
him immediately for your Cheque/ International Bank Draft of
US$$1,000,000.00 one million United States Dollars Only. This funds
are in a Bank Draft or ATM VISA CASH CARD for security purpose ok? so
he will send it to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice
there in your country
without any problem,

Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone
number/your correct mailing address where you want him to send the
Draft to you. Contact United Bank for Africa immediately for your

His Telephone Number +234 706 974 3880

As the coordinator of this payment in the bank appointed by United
Bank for Africa management, you are strictly advised to forward the
above listed information of your person to my direct email address to
make the task of ensuring that the process of making payments to
beneficiaries / your person is easier as you are also advised, to
limit your communication to me alone to enable me give proper account
to the concerned authorities and to prevent over ambitious individuals
in and outside the bank from taking undue advantage of you.

Yours faithfully

Mr. Lee Pete
United Bank for Africa
New York USA
Branch/ Payment coordinator
el:+1 646-561-964

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