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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 Bank" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2022 01:26:29 -0700

Urgent Attention:
I am Kennedy UZOKA,The Group Managing Director/CEO at United Bank for
Africa Plc,you are lucky to have me interfere in your transaction.
This message contains the terms of banking order, I am not sending you
this message to entertain pity, this is why I must inform you first
before embarking on such a huge lost decision. Your payment file was
brought to my desk with aims of cancelling the transaction pending
with UBA.

I paused the process and decided to contact you as Group Managing
Director/CEO at United Bank for Africa Plc.I am a superior to other
staff handling this transaction before, my words are final but time
doesn't permit me to be in charge of any transaction but as it stands
I have taken charge of your transaction. Your payment file contained
information of 4,500,000:00 USD not any other amount, any other amount
contrary to this is fake. I have 3 questions for you:

1.Would you like to have this fund by ATM card?
2. Would you like to have the fund by wire transfer?
3. Would you like this transaction to be cancelled and fund confiscated?

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is a Nigerian law
enforcement agency that investigates financial crimes such as delayed
transactions. The EFCC has notified us that the sum of 4,500,000:00
USD pending on your data will be confiscated in the next 48 hours if
the beneficiary failed to claim it. This is why you have those 3
questions to answer. I was made to understand that you are expected to
remit above fees $99 for wire transfer and $85 for ATM card. You have
48 hours to decide otherwise and failure to provide the fee today then
forget it.I do not send you this message to entertain pity or pay fees
for you, if that is the case do not respond to this message because it
is not necessary, you have 48 hours to decide otherwise and failure to
provide the fee from now to end of tomorrow or forget it. Contact us
for your immediate payment. Your transaction will commence once we
hear from you instant. Your urgent reply will be appreciated for your
Fund transfer.
Kennedy UZOKA
Group Managing Director/CEO at United Bank for Africa Plc

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