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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:
- "affidavit " (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "cheque " (Beware of any scheme that involves cashing checks or money orders and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere - you'll be liable for the entire amount if the checks or money orders turn out to be fake, even after you have received and forwarded cash. If it's a lottery prize, remember that real lotteries do not pay large prizes by check. They wire the money directly to your bank account and you do not pay for that. Many scammers promise a large check only in order to then demand payment of courier fees for a fake courier service. )
- 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. <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 17:05:28 +0100
Subject: UPDATE OF YOUR PAYMENT RELEASE TO YOUR ATTORNEY
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/2014 ISIN CODE : NGUBA0000001; Legal Form: Other non-liability limited; Operational Status: Operational; OUR SWIFT CODE: UNAFNGLA.
Dear Esteemed Customer,
Sequel to your inability to comply to my directives which are inline with the International Banking process, the Management of United Bank for Africa Plc as Africa's global bank has No other option than to belief the report of your Lawyer Mr. Martin Ugo as stated in his sworn Affidavit and application that he had been authorized to sign off this payment and claim the ATM MasterCard with all your account documents on your behalf.
The following are been issued and are contained in the parcel along with your ATM MasterCard which will be released to your Attorney on Thursday 4th of September, 2014 for dispatch and delivery to your address as you agreed with him claim:
* ATM MasterCard
* E-Payment documents
* An access to U-Direct to view credit balance, to make transfers
* Interest can be paid on account credit balance
* Monthly statements of account
* Standing order instructions
* Access to internet and mobile banking
* Access to retail credit product.
* Convenience to the customer.
* Check book issued for the account U-Direct current account. The Cheque and cash withdrawal is subject to 0.5% charge.
* Interest payable on FCDA account credit balance subject account balance of US$1,000 or its equivalent.
* Security of the customer's funds and account.
* Online real-time transfer of funds to a beneficiary.
* Zero Risk to the customer in comparison to other traditional banking channels.
NOTE: As soon as you receive our ATM MasterCard, E-Payment document which contains your account password/PIN code, open the sealed E-Payment document for your validated password to eneble you activate and have access to our U-Direct Online banking system.
The access/log in to your none resident US dollar U-Direct the Lion Prime account is through our website: https://www.ubadirect.com
Account Number/Corp. ID: 2012301293
User ID: UBA234766876
Maybe you want to be sure of whom I am or 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:
Thanks for your co-operation.
Mr. Phillips Oduoza (CEO),
Group Managing Director/Executive Director.
United Bank for Africa Plc.