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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 Group Plc <>
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2023 00:08:35 +0100
Subject: Attn: Beneficiary,

What is still holding you from sending the required $55 usd as was needed
for the delivery of your ATM VISA CARD.Please kindly comply and contact Mr.
Frank Kelly with your delivery Home Address Phone Number and your Full Name
so that he will Dispatch your parcel and give you the tracking number to
monitor the delivery as well,

Please the only fee you will be advised to send is only the delivery fee
which is the sum of $55 usd only kindly contact him as soon as you receive
this message is urgent,

Contact Person: Frank Kelly
WhatsApp Number : + 229 99364186

We thank you and also remain yours in service.


Mr.Umha Muhammed,
UBA Bank Group Plc (BR)

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