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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: "Mr.Edward Peters" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2022 13:44:56 -0800
Subject: Re: Read Carefully

United Bank for Africa
Head Office: 57 Marina, Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria
whatsapp me on this number: +2347037735805


It is obvious that you have not received your fund due to lack of payment
for the bank, cost of transfer or the documents, and also due to past
corrupt Nigeria Governmental Officials and with the foreign Banks, who
almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some
individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to
swindle your fund which has led to so many losses from your end and
unnecessary delay in the receipt of your fund.

The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations
have successfully passed a mandate to the current president of Nigeria his
Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR to boost the exercise of
clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other individuals and
organizations who have been found not to have receive their Contract Sum,
Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the likes.

Now your payment will be sent to you by an ATM card that will be coming
alongside a custom pin which you will use to withdraw up to $30,000 per day
from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it.

Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your
bank Account. The ATM card comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you
about how to use it. Your ATM CARD payment would be sent to you via UPS or
FedEx. Because we have signed a contract with them which should expire in
one Month time.

Below are a few lists of tracking numbers you can track from UPS and FedEx
websites to confirm people like you who have received their payment

Tracking Number: H7909125721
Tracking Name: E MNAICKER

Click on the Link Below and Put the Tracking number above;
To effect the release of your Compensation fund valued at $35.5million
through ATM CARD, you are advised to Re-confirm with the below information

Your Full Name:

You’re Address:

Home/Cell Phone:


Copy of Your ID

We shall be expecting to receive your information as you have to stop any
further communication with anybody or office.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Note: that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct,
which is (ATM=811) so you have to indicate this code whenever you are
contacting us

Best regards,

Yours sincerely,.

I wait to hear back from you soonest.

Mr.Edward Peters
whatsapp me on this number: +2347037735805
United Bank for Africa

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