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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:
- "million 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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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: "Mr.Simeon Nneze" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2012 17:12:40 +0100 (BST)
Subject: URGENT CONTACT UBA BANK FOR YOUR 10.5Million
We write to notified you that your total fund sum of US$10.5Million Dollars has been deposited with United Bank For Africa for the wire transfer as you requested and all arrangement regarding your payment was finally made with them meanwhile below is their contact information to contact them for your transfer immediately. Contact Person;
DrÂ Ijeamaka Williams
UBA Bank Benin
Bank Email; ( email@example.com )
Here are the information reconmended from you for the online banking transfer to grant you transfer your fund yourself to your home bank account without any further delay.The info's is as follows.....
Date of Birth:
Â© UBA Management.
Email me back once you contacted the bank right.
Mr. Simeon Nneze