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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:
- "huge amount of money" (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)
- "affidavit " (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "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: UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:12:53 +0100
Subject: CAN WE MEET IN NEW YOR USA? CALL ME ON +2347010949993 TO CONFIRM
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC.
HEAD OFFICE: U. B. A. HOUSE,
57, MARINA STREET, VICTORIA ISLAND
P. O. BOX 2406, LAGOS- NIGERIA.
MR. PHILLIPS ODUOZA
GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR/CEO
OFFICE LINE: +2347046055953
DIRECT LINE: +2347010949993
FAX LINE: +234 12270491
UBA PLC WEBSITE: www.ubagroup.com
REF: UBA/222/XCC/MOFFICE/2013 ISIN CODE : NGUBA0000001; Legal Form: Other non-liability limited; Operational Status: Operational; OUR SWIFT CODE: UNAFNGLA.
Dear Esteemed Customer,
You declined to tender the three documents we requested from you which include: 1. Your Payment Clean Bill Certificate (CBC); 2. Your Currently paid Utility bill; 3. Copy of your Identification and you declined also to procure a Sworn Affidavit of Trust/Claim to cover these documents up for the activation and validation of your none resident US dollar U-Direct lion the Prime account to enable you have access/log in the account through our website: https://www.ubadirect.com
Account Number/Corp. ID: 2012301293
User ID: UBA234766876
Since we cannot release such huge amount of money to a ghost or faceless or unverified person inline with the International Monetary Transactions Policies, can you we meet on Friday this week the 29th of August, 2014 or Monday next week the 1st of September, 2014 at either New York USA branch office of the United Bank for Africa Plc or at our corresponding bank: Bank of America New York USA branch so that you can sign off the remittance of your funds?
If you want to know more about me, Phillips Oduoza, log on to our bank's website viz: http://www.ubagroup.com/mc/bios, click on Phillips Oduoza Or click directly to:
For further clarifications, don't hesitate to call me on any of the phone numbers: +2347010949993 or +2347046055953.
I await your quick response and confirmation.
Mr. Phillips Oduoza (CEO),
Group Managing Director/Executive Director.
United Bank for Africa Plc.