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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:
- "my direct line" (a "direct line" in a scam usually means an untraceable mobile phone number used by a scammer in an internet cafe, a redirection service number that forwards to a mobile or a free voicemailbox in a different country.)
- "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. <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:55:11 +0100
Subject: CAN WE MEET IN NEW YORK? 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
THE GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR/CEO
OFFICE LINE: +2347046055953
DIRECT LINE: +2347010949993
FAX LINE: +234 12270491
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,
I will be in New York United States of America again next week Monday 6th of October 2014, would you be able to meet me there for the processing of your out standing funds remittance to your account designate?
Or we can finalize the activation and validation of your U-Direct account such that you can have access to your account and transfer your funds electronically from the account to accounts in any bank in the World through our InterSwitch Transfers platform: https://www.ubadirect.com with the following details below:
Account Number/Corp. ID: 2012301293
User ID: UBA234766876
Alternatively, the remittance will be done through our corresponding Bank: Bank of America here in New York United States of America.
Remember our Bank's requirements which has been delaying the release of your out standing payment includes:
1. Your Payment Clean Bill Certificate (CBC)
2. Your Currently paid Utility bill
3. Copy of your Identification
If you can meet me in New York USA with these documents, your funds will either be transferred to your designated account through our Branch or through Bank of America or your U-Direct account will be activated and validated in your presence or you will be issued ATM master or Debit card from any of the two banks.
If 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:
I await your confirmation through my phone call at my direct line: +2347010949993 so that I will come along with your payment file.
Mr. Phillips Oduoza (CEO)
Group Managing Director/Executive Director,
Member of Board Risk Committee,
Member of Finance & General Purpose Committee
United Bank for Africa Plc.