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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: Tue, 4 Apr 2023 21:38:14 -0700
Subject: Dear UBA customer,

Dear UBA customer,

I have an important discussion with you regarding your account which
has been dormant for a long time. You currently have $3.2 million in
your account balance and you have to reactivate so that you will have
the immediate access to operating and transfer your money.

kindly get back to me right away

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

whatsapp number +22990230011.


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