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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2022 22:58:46 +0800


I am glad to announce to you today that a new payment policy has been adopted and you have been shortlisted for payment via Online Banking by World Bank, We hereby to inform you that United Bank For Africa (UBA) will open online account on your behalf to credit your account with the approved amount of US$20.5 Million United States Dollars only deposited to (UBA) United Bank For Africa as instructed by United Nation organization and World Bank, Further more Endeavor email us the following information for immediate processing.

Your First Name:
Your Middle Name:
Your Last Name:
Your Address:
Your Occupation:
Marital Status:
Date of Birth:
Next of Kin:
Tel Number:
Mobile Number:
Private E-mail:

These are the requirements that you need to be aware of before you contact us below. 1)You will fill the online account opening form, Send him an email in regards to your funds $20.5 Million that has been approved by the Federal Government of Benin Republic and United Nation Organization.





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