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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: bank <>
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2022 09:12:37 -0700
Subject: Call or text +22956374825

We finally arrangeed to make your funds release sum of $32.8 million
US Dollars out of wire transfer or

through delivery ATM MASTER CARD deposited in UBA BANK PIC with the
help of attorney George Clement

of the Federal Supreme Court BENIN REPÚBLICA who act as your foreign
lawyer representative here in


all necessary arrangements were successfully made with the
administrator Mr. Johnson ben ATM

MASTER CARD and all document guidance your delivery is in good order,
so you are advised to

reconfirm your complete delivery information to the director now as he
is currently in the Republic of

Benin branch of the United Bank of Africa (Cotonou) with its MASTER
CARD ATM how he called me this

morning to let me know he has no time to waste there, is waiting to
hear from you about your receipt


Therefore, the information that you must reconfirm to the Agent is as Follow.
(1) Your Full Name ===
(2) phone number ===
(3) Current address ===
(4) Country===
(5)Nearest airport ===

how is he in Benin (Benin) right now
because he wants to know how you want the funds to arrive you VIA ATM

General Director of Uba Bank of Africa Mr.Johnson ben
Contact Email:(
Call or text +22956374825
Then contact him to deliver your MASTER ATM CARD as early as tomorrow
morning, possibly today, so

get back to us immediately if you contact the director to ensure your
funds reach you without any

further delay.

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