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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: UBA BANK <>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2023 04:18:51 -0700
Subject: Dear UBA customer,

Dear UBA customer,

I have an important discussion with you regarding your UBA bank
account which has been dormant for a long time.

I have checked on your account status and it shows that your current
account balance is $3.2 million and you need to activate your account
so that you will have access to your funds.

kindly get back to me right away.

Thanks for your understanding and I would be very glad to hear from
you immediately

You can send your whatsapp number to me or add me on whatsapp for a better
discussion (number +22990230011)


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