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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 Samuel Ekeh -Managing Director <>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2023 01:00:53 -0700

I am Mr. Samuel Ekeh, The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of
United Bank For Africa Nigeria. I write to informed you that we have
received an instruction from United Nations Headquarters New York City
United States, I received an instruction with authorized letter to
compensate Two Hundred and fifty thousand scammed victims from U.S.A,
Europe, Canada, United Arab Emirates,Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South
America, UK, Australia,Asia and Africa Continent through swift ATM Master
Card as a global compensatory settlement from the Federal Government of
Nigeria to recompense the scammed victims those who has lost their

Note we have arranged your payment through ATM Master Card and this will be
issued on your Name and it shall be posted directly to your address by the
courier services available in your country upon your contact with us. The
sum of US$5.000,000.00 compensatory settlement will be credited into the
ATM Master Card and enable you to withdraw your funds through ATM Machine
in your country with a maximum withdrawal of US$2.000.00 per day. Your
limit can be increased to any amount upon your request.

In this regard, you are to furnish us with the requested information below
for issuance and delivery of your ATM Master Card at your doorstep address
without any further delay; I will do anything humanly possible to ensure
you receive your compensatory settlement once you comply with bank rules.

1. Mobile Telephone:
2. Delivery Address:
3. Full Name:
4. ID Card copy:
5. Occupation:
6. Age:

Your urgent response needed to this email as directed to avoid further
delay in receiving your ATM Master Card at your doorstep address.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Samuel Ekeh
Managing Director/Chief Executive
Officer of United Bank For Africa
Tel Call +234-708-092-4786
whatsapp +234-916-560-1224

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