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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "central bank of nigeria" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 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: union bank <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 12:56:52 +0100
Subject: FROM UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC, YOUR $3.1 MILLION DOLLARS IS READY
UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC.
36 BROAD STREET, MARINA LAGOS,
NIGERIA,TELEGRAM: UNION BROAD BRANCH
BIG, STRONG, RELIABLE
UNION BANK OF NIG. PLC
BIG, STRONG AND RELIABLE.
RE: PAYMENT ON ACCRUED INTEREST OF US$3.1M
I am REV MARK DURU , the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and Head of Swift Transfer
Unit of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc. Lagos-Nigeria Sometime ago, in our
bank your contract money was brought to our bank from Nigerian Apex
Bank,CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (C.B.N) and after some period, this money
was taken back to the FederalGovernment treasury.
For the period of time this money was in our bank, it generated an
interest of US$ 3.1 Million, which we are about to be pay to you via
KTT wire transfer to your account.
For your information and advice, you need to hasten up to pick this
Fund because from time to time the C.B.N auditors do come to our bank
to cross-check our files and our financial update,the earlier you
comply with the demands of the delivery of the fund, the faster the
action,because the CBN officials wants the accrued interest to be paid
to them but we refused, so when they find out that this interest fund
is still in our bank they will want to call back the money to the
Federal Government treasury.
What we need from you now is any form of your identification for
example;your international passport or your drivers license, then your
telephone and fax number for easy communication with your account
details and $90 dollars for your transfer pin-code charge .others
beneficiary who is ready to have they fund has also received today,
try this time to see that you receive your fund from us .
As a matter of fact we don't have enough time to waste since we have
wasted time in contacting our respective customers, so try and comply
with the entire necessary requirement for remittance.
Contact me on our official telephone expecting your immediately response,
REV. MARK DURU
DIRECTOR UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC