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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.
- 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: Office file <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Office file <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2018 09:53:25 +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
Dear, email id owner
Good day, dear beneficiary.On behalf of the United Nations Compensations office,we must to officially bring to your notice that The ATM card payment center (UBA BANK FOR AFRICA) Accountant Director Mr.FELIX A.QUAYE has been given express instruction to issue out in your favor the sum of $US4.5M in ATM Visa Card functional in Any automatic Machine as your wining payment for this Fiscal year 2018 this instructions is from the custody of the United Nation representative office UK this is for abbreviation of the rate of poverty as we saw your name on the list of unpaid individuals,The United Nation Compensation Commission (UNCC) was created in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council and the payment has been approved by us to be release to you as we notice your payment has been delayed by uncertain reasons which has just been resolved by us through our power so you are free to receive your funds now.
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 the card Issuance center with your contact details as stated below.You are required to forward the following details; full names, address, occupation, age and phone numbers for verification and re-confirmation.
Please contact immediately:
UBA BENIN PAYMENT PROCESSING DEPARTMENTS MR. FELIX A. QUAYE
Note::The reason you are receiving this notification in your mailbox is because We found your name (in the Central Computer among the list of unpaid individuals and contractors, inheritance, next-of-kin, super hurricane Sandy and lottery beneficiaries that originated from Africa, Europe, Americas, Asia including the Middle East.) 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.