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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Anthony Onyemaechi Elumelu" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2022 10:55:56 +0200
Subject: CEO United Bank for Africa (UBA).

From the Desk of: Mr. Anthony Onyemaechi Elumelu
CEO United Bank for Africa (UBA).
Head Office. 57 Marina, Lagos Island,
Lagos, Nigeria
Tel:  +234 80-2480-7588
                        FUND NOTIFICATION FROM (UBA).
This is to let you know that we have a meeting today with the board of directors and high authorities of Nigeria federation regarding your fund worth (US$10,500.000.00) Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only. However, after the meeting order was given to us to make sure that your fund is released to you with the immediate effect.
Meanwhile, be informed that you are to make a payment of $550 for the NON-RESIDENTIAL CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE before your fund can be release into your account as the instruction was given to us from the board of director and high authorities of the federation as it is a mandatory, we must receive the $550 before we can carry out the wire transfer into your personal bank account.
You are decvse to send the $550 with the information below.
Receiver Name: Nkemdicherem Favour Chinwendu
Address: Lagos Nigeria
Phone Number: +234 80-2480-7588
Please once more get back to us with the payment details once you  have the $550 sent so that we can obtain the NON-RESIDENTIAL CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE for you and also get the transfer of your fund done into your personal bank account.
 Mr. Anthony Onyemaechi Elumelu
CEO United Bank for Africa (UBA).
Tel:  +234 80-2480-7588

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