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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: Thu, 5 Jan 2023 08:03:26 +0100
Subject: Attn:Beneficiary .....code (555) ???

From the Desk Of:United Bank for Africa
Mr.David M Lee
Director ATM Swift Card
Foreign Operation Dept


Good news, we have a meeting with the Federal government of Nigeria we
informed them that your funds should be released to you this 2023 and after
our meeting we have come to a conclusion that your payment will be made to
you by (Atm Visa Card). Moreover, we have an agreement with them that you
should pay only delivering of your (Atm Visa Card) and the INSURANCE which
is going to cost you just the sum of USD$95 DOLLARS by Speedway Delivering
Company. However, you have only two working days to send this delivery fee
and insurance fee of $95 U.S. DOLLARS. If we don’t hear from you with the
payment information; the Federal Government will cancel the payment with
immediate effect.

I want you to read the notice below carefully, as the notice stands as
caution before it is late. for your consideration, you must be conscious of
this project, as I will soon conclude this transaction with you, incase of
any e-mails, calls you receives regarding this from any individuals claimed
to be me, or e-mails, calls from any organization to you, such must be
forwarded at once to me immediately by e-mail.

Also, it might come to you with different proposals with different names
including my name asking you to come and claim your estate or even funds
belonging to you or to somebody you do not know, I urge you to ignore such
emails or calls, while you forward it to me. I want you to understand that
the most important thing for me is your understanding and cooperation,
again without this code (555) don’t get back to me.

Moreover, the first batch of your card which contains $10,500.000.00
MILLION U.S. DOLLARS has been loaded inside the card. And this is the first
batch. Your payment would be sent to you via UPS or Speedway couricer,
Because we have signed a contract with them which should expired by January

Moreover, this to inform you that your tracking number will be given to you
for you use to track your Atm Visa Card while on transit through Speedway
courier website (

Mr.Amos George
General Managing Director
All rights reserved. © 1995-2023

You have to reconfirm your full information such as follow:

Full Name: ……………………………………
Home Address or Office: ………………………
Home Phone number: ……………………
Occupation: ……………………
A Copy of your ID ……………………

This is to inform you that you should get back to me for the payment
information that you will use and send the $95 U.S. DOLLARS only, through
Western Union money transfer for the shipment and insurance only.


Mr.David Lee
Director ATM Swift Card/Foreign Operation Dept,
United Bank for Africa.

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