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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:
- "central bank of nigeria" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "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: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 22:03:19 +0100
Subject: YOUR U-DIRECT ACCOUNT AND PAYMENT UPDATE
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,
You have been informed that, the Management of our bank on receipt of your payment approval/order from Central Bank of Nigeria establish our U-Direct Lion Prime account so that you will be able to gradually transfer your funds online/electronically by yourself to either your designated bank account or to your ATM Visa, Debit card or mastercard unconditionally at zero COT through the UBA Plc Inter-Switch platform 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
But this login Id/Password had only been 98% activated and validated pending when you tender the following documents from you to enable us finalize the activation/validation of this account:
1. Your Payment Clean Bill Certificate (CBC)
2. Your Currently paid Utility bill
3. Copy of your Identification
As soon as the activation is concluded 100%, the UBA Plc Inter-Switch platform System and the International Inter-Switch Board System (ITTSBS) will now recognize the given password and grant you the accessibility to your account to enable you carry out your transfers as zero COT, hitch free.
Maybe 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:
If you truly want to receive your payment, don't hesitate to call me on any of the phone numbers: +2347010949993 or +2347046055953 should you be in need of any further clarifications.
Mr. Phillips Oduoza (CEO),
Group Managing Director/Executive Director.
United Bank for Africa Plc.