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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: United Bank For Africa <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2022 14:18:17 -0700
Subject: Attention Dear beneficiary/ From The (UBA) Bank


Attention Dear beneficiary

>From the Desk of; Hon. Justice Mrs. Elaine Duke,50 Murray St, #1701,
Republic Of Benin, 10007. This is to notify you that United Bank Of
Africa (UBA) Benin Republic has officials visited my office this
morning with an envelope containing copies of documents and the
documents are your
compensation payment file.They stated that you disclaim your
compensation fund worth US$ 10.5M (FIVE MILLION, Five hundred thousand
United States Dollars) and their purpose of visiting my office is to
seek support and have my signature on the documents for easy
confiscation of your compensation fund to the government budget
account since you don't want to receive it. but with the experience in
the judiciary i refused to sign the documents.

However, due to humanitarian ground and sympathy. I immediately called
up the John Glover Williams Jr Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of
Benin Republic and explain your matter to him as regards to your
payment and he personally called Dr. Sam Williams the Chief Executive
Manager of the United Bank of Africa (UBA) here in Benin republic to
reduced the payment which you where initially required to pay from the
$250 down to $100 in order to help you afford the fee to obtain the
Tax Clearance Certificate before the said fund will hit your Bank
account. NOTE; The US$10.5M (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars) is a compensation fund from the government of Benin to
you since 31 May 2022. Your E-mail address was generated through the
computer ballot system as one of the selected victims to receive this

You are required to send the fee of $100 by Money Gram or Western
Union or better still Google Play Card or iTunes Card of $100

The ONLY charge you will EVER pay before your package leaves our
office here is the $100.00 to obtain the Tax Clearance Certificate.
YOU WILL NEVER pay a dime again as agreed and signed down here in
Court that you will never pay any other money apart from the $100.00.
To this end it will interest you to know that every and any
fee/charges required has been reduced to only the sum of$100.00 us
dollars this step is in order to enable you afford this only fee so
that your Tax Clearance Certificate will procure in your name to
enhance the immediate transfer of your US$10.5 Million us dollars into
your Bank account or ATM Master Card will be delivered to your home
address Depending on the choice which you wants to receive your money.

Please I want you to know that you have from now till Next Week Monday
to effect the required payment so we can Obtain the required
Certificate and effect the transfer of your fund worth US$10.5 Million
us dollars into your account immediately without any further delay,
Therefore the days of you being subjected to paying twice Double
Payment is over as that is the case with some corrupt officials down
there in Africa, so be rest assured that immediately the $100 dollars
is received from you then the United Bank Of Africa (UBA) will proceed
with your Wire Transfer immediately without any further delays Okay.

Thanks and God bless.
Best Regards,
Hon .Justice Mrs. Elaine Duke
New York United States of America
New York 10007
Law Clerks: Andrea Field, Esq. Hasa Kingo, Esq
Tel: +1 360-868-6858
Fax +229 5386-1279

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