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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: "Mrs.Anna Godwin" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 12:47:34 -0800
Subject: Attn: Beneficiary,

United Bank for Africa
Our Head office : U. B. A. House, 57, Marina,
P. O. Box 2406, Lagos, Nigeria.

Attn: Beneficiary,

The United Bank For Africa (UBA) has favoured you in accordance with the tenth batch Electronic Email Draw for Ballot Security Order system program registered an Outstanding Compensation Fund Payment of ATM-CARD of $10 Million USD" from the United Nations & Eco-was Human Settlements Programmed with Express Courier Company.

Please Contact with your delivery information such as;

Your Full Name:---------------------------------------

Your Address:-----------------------------------------


Your Telephone Number:--------------------------------

Forward:to the dispatching officer's


The ATM Card control officer will dispatch your parcel to your address. Note the Security keeping fee of your ATM card has been paid as authorized which you're now immediately to send your required address and pay only delivery fee of $380.00 to the courier services company to dispatch your ATM card parcel and deliver it at your given address to enable you start enjoying the relief package by international cashing money from your Confirmed Bank ATM Card.

Best Regards,
Mrs.Anna Godwin

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