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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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. )
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- 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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: OFFICE FILE <office2010.@wine.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: OFFICE FILE <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2018 23:10:55 +0900 (JST)
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
YOUR COMPENSATION PAYMENT.
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 but it has also been brought to our notice that a gentle man by the name Micheal laton has just forwarded a new banking details claiming he is your next of kin and you are dead so here comes the big question:Did you Authorize the above mentioned name to claim your funds? Are you truly dead or alive? Is Michael Laton your next of kin? if no kindly reconfirm this information and get back to us with the below information for verification as UNCC have received all the overdue outstanding payments owed to the following: firms, contractors, inheritance, next-of-kin, super hurricane Sandy and lottery beneficiaries that originated from Africa, Europe, Americas, Asia including the Middle East:
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:
OFFICE FILE PAYMENT PROCESSING DEPARTMENTS MR. FELIX A. QUAYE
Issued below is the code of conduct. This must be presented to attain your lump sum payment. Please take note and copy this code.The code must be indicated to the institution processing the payment . The Benin UBA Global Bank. No exceptions.(ATM/NR: UNCCORG/PC6410IMFCP1) To confirm: 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