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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 Kingsley Uba <>
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2023 03:50:35 -0700
Subject: Re: My Notice...Code[04/2023]

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Mr Kingsley Uba. I work with the First City Monument Bank,
(FCMB) here in Nigeria. Due to the ongoing general elections in my
country, some politicians took that opportunity to loot money. Nigeria is
also undergoing a cashless form of payment. In my bank, there is this sum
of USD$18.2M belonging to one of the renowned politicians. This said sum
is in my own care and unfortunately, this politician that owns this amount
of money that is in my position was assassinated by the opponent from
another party. So I am the only person who knows about this money. I am
looking for a trustworthy foreigner who can be able to deposit this said
sum in his or her own bank account pending when I will be chanced to come
over to claim it.

If you are interested in receiving this money, you should go ahead to
confirm your full information to me such as your full names, address, phone
and any of your identification. On confirmation of your full information I
will be able to discuss your own percentage and what will be mine own
percentage which you will have to keep for me in your own account till I
come over to invest with it.

It is also important you call me on the phone for further directives.

I wait to hear from you before we proceed further.

Best Regards,

Mr Kingsley Uba.
Telephone: +234-8077269271.


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