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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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Fraud email example:

From: info <>
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2023 14:53:58 +0100
Subject: Please i need your urgent help.

United Bank For Africa
Head Office Address:
57, Marina, Lagos Island
Lagos State Nigeria.
Tel: 234-80-8585-9613.

Dear good friend,

I am Mr. Oliver Alawuba, Managing Director United Bank for Africa. I
personally discovered a dormant account what of ($10.500,000 United
States Dollars) from our late customer during our Bank's Annual Year
Account Auditing. Since the death of the deceased, nobody has operated
in this account till date.

Definitely, our Banking code of ethics will confiscate this fund if it
remains dormant for a period of 10 years without no claims. In this
regard, I earnestly need your full cooperation in transferring this
money out of our bank to you via (BANK TO BANK WIRE TRANSFER OR
PRE-PAID ATM VISA CARD) to avoid our bank confiscating this fund. Our
sharing ratio will be 40% for you and 60% for me.

Should you be interested to work with me in this project? please
Kindly get back to me for more information and Guideline to ensure
that we get this concluded urgently.

Looking forward to hear from you soonest.

Mr. Oliver Alawuba.
Managing Director United Bank for Africa.
Tel: 234-80-8585-9613.

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