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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million united state dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "courier company" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- "email@example.com" (this email address looks like addresses used in "ATM SWIFT card" scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: Information Officer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2018 19:32:37 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Contact UBA Bank for your ATM Card
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10017 ;USA
UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION COMMITTEE
RELEASE CODE No:XXUNCC2018
AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF UNPAID FUNDS
PAYMENT ORDER VIA ATM CARD
Good day, dear beneficiary. On behalf of the United Nations
Compensations office ,Please be informed that your long awaited
compensation funds payment in the tune of $4.5M has finally been
approved as your email ID is among the list of Beneficiaries that will
receive their fund,Contact UBA Bank to Receive Your payment funds total
amount of $4.5Million United State Dollars now We have actually been
authorized by the newly appointed United Nation secretary general, and
the governing body of the UNITED NATIONS Monetary Unit, to investigate
the unnecessary delay on your payment, recommended and approved in your
favor. During the course of our investigation, we discovered with
dismay that your payment funds total amount of $4.5Million United State
Dollars has been unnecessarily Delayed by corrupt officials of the Bank
who are Trying to divert your funds into their private accounts.
To forestall this, security for your funds was organized in the form of
your personal Identification number (PIN) ATM CARD and this will enable
only you to have direct Control over your funds in the ATM CARD. We
will monitor this payment ourselves to avoid the hopeless situation
created by the Officials of the bank. An irrevocable payment guarantee
has been issued by the World Bank Group and the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) on your Payment. However, we are happy to inform you that
based on our recommendation/Instructions;your complete Inheritance
funds have been credited in your favor through ATM VISA CARD.
Please contact immediately:
UBA BENIN PAYMENT PROCESSING DEPARTMENTS MR. FELIX A. QUAYE
Contact him now for the delivery of your ATM Card. As soon as you
establish a contact with him, an ATM card will be issued to you
immediately which you can use to withdraw your funds in any Bank ATM
Machine in your Country, but the maximum is $10 000 per day. So if you
like to receive your funds through this means you're advised to contact
(MR. FELIX A. QUAYE) with the following information as stated below:
1. Your Full Name______________
2. Address Where You Want the Courier Company to Send Your ATM Card
To or (P.O Box)
3. Your Age___________________________ _
5. Telephone Numbers_____________
6. Country_______________________ ____
You are advised to furnish MR. FELIX A. QUAYE with your correct and
valid details. Once again be informed that the amount to be paid to you
is $4.5Million United State Dollars, We expect your urgent response to
this email to enable us monitor this payment effectively thereby making
contact with MR. FELIX A. QUAYE as directed to avoid further delay.
Note::The reason you are receiving this notification in your mailbox is
because We found your name in our list of people their payment has been
delayed so we decide to intervene and help you get paid which we have
done. On behalf of the UN we apologize for the failure to pay your
funds on time and for any inconveniences such as approved registered
payments being forwarded to our processing institution in Africa. We
look forward to the completed transfer of your payment. If there is any
other required information or assistance please contact us at the
number provided for the UBA Benin payment processing Dept. Thank you!
Public Relations Officer
*APPROVED BY THE UNCC.