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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:
- "to your nominated bank account" (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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "DR.MARKUS U.DIETHELM" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 17:17:54 -0300
Subject: URGENT ASSISTANCE
UBS INVESTMENT BANK
LONDON UNITED KINGDOM
I DECIDED TO REACH YOU DIRECTLY AND PERSONALLY PLEASE PERMIT ME TO
INTRODUCE MYSELF, MY NAME IS MR.MARKUS U.DIETHELM I AM A MEMBER GROUP
EXECUTIVE BOARD/CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF THE GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT
BUSINESS DIVISION OF UBS INVESTMENT BANK LONDON.I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR
ALL RISK AND FINANCIAL POLICIES AT THE BANK.I AM COMPELLED TO CONTACT
YOU DIRECTLY AFTER DUE CONSIDERATIONS CONCERNING A CONFIDENTIAL MATTER.
IF YOU ARE IN DOUBT OF MY PERSON,KINDLY VISIT UBS INVESTMENT BANK
MANAGEMENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS PROFILE
(http://www.ubs.com/1/e/investors/corporategovernance/groupexecutiveboard.html) FOR CONFIRMATION. IN THE DISCHARGE OF MY DUTY,I STUMBLED ON THIS DOMICILIARY ACCOUNT THAT HAS REMAINED DORMANT FOR THREE YEARS WITH THE TOTAL SUM OF EIGHT MILLION, FOUR HUNDRED & NINETY THOUSAND(8,490,000.00GBP) GREAT BRITISH POUND STERLING.I CONTACTED THE BANK MANAGEMENT AND WE SENT OUT STAFFS FOR INQUIRIES AND DISCOVERED THAT THE ACCOUNT HOLDER DIED IN AN
I AM WRITING YOU TO PLEASE STAND AS THE NEXT OF KIN OF THE ACCOUNT SO
THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO REMIT THE MONEY TO YOU AS THE NEXT OF
KIN,I HAVE MADE INQUIRIES AND DISCOVERED THAT THE FUND OWNER DIED
TOGETHER WITH HIS FAMILIES AND NO NEXT OF KIN WAS LEFT
I AM THE ONLY PERSON THAT KNOWS ABOUT THIS INFORMATION BECAUSE I AM
THE AUDIT CHAIRMAN OF THE BANK AND THIS IS THE REASON I AM CONTACTING
YOU TO ACT AS NEXT OF KIN TO THE FUND OWNER. I HAVE CERTIFIED MY
CONSCIENCE TO COMPENSATE YOU ADEQUATELY AT THE END OF THE TRANSACTION
ALSO, I DO NEED TO INFORM YOU THAT THERE IS PRACTICALLY NO RISK
INVOLVED IN THIS. IT IS GOING TO BE A BANK-TO-BANK TRANSFER TO YOUR
NOMINATED BANK ACCOUNT.
I GUARANTEE THIS TRANSACTION WILL BE UNDER LEGITIMATE ARRANGEMENTS
THEY WILL NOT BE ANY BREACH THE LAW BY BOTH PARTIES; IT IS A SIMPLE
PROCESS WHICH WILL TAKE A SHORT WHILE IF YOU ARE WILLING. IF I HEAR
FROM YOU, I WILL TELL YOU ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE TRANSACTION.
GOD BLESS YOU.
MEMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS/CHAIRMAN RISK COMMITTEE
UBS INVESTMENT BANK UNITED KINGDOM
UNIVERSIDAD TECNOLOGICA NACIONAL - Facultad Regional Buenos Aires.