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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: United Bank Of Africa <>
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2023 09:10:45 +0100
Subject: United Bank Of Africa

This is to inform you that after the meeting held in my office
yesterday which consist between the United States Embassy and the
United Nations, African ECO-WAS, we have concluded that you will be
compensated with all the money you have loosed in the hands of
Africans and most especially NIGERIA and BENIN REPUBLIC and OTHERS
COUNTRIES. We have deposited the CHECK of your fund
($10.700`000`00USD) through BANK OF AFRICA, All you will do is to
contact United Bank Of Africa director Mr. Charles Tom via E-mail He will give you direction on how
you will be receiving the funds Through BANK.Remember to send him your
Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,
1. Your Full name........
2. Your home Address.......
3. Your telephone number......
4. A copy of your ID......
5. Your age/sex........
6. Your occupation.....
7. Your country.......
8. Your Whatsapp number.....
Mr. Charles Tom on Whatsapp number Tel:+2349033159305

United Bank Of Africa

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