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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:
- "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: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:56:48 +0100
Subject: DO YOU TRULY WANT TO RECEIVE YOUR OUT STANDING PAYMENT
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,
If you want to access the none resident US dollar U-Direct Lion the Prime Corporate account which our Bank set up in your name today the 20th of October, 2014 and transfer your funds unconditionally, eletronically and gradually transfer of your out standing fund, the access/log in to the account is through our website: https://www.ubadirect.com with the information below:
ACCOUNT NUMBER/CORP. ID: 2012301293
USER ID: UBA234766876
This account awaits finalization of it's activation/validation before you can actually access it for any transactions and the only delay for us to officially finalize the activation/validation of the above account is because as the true/legitimate beneficiary you have failed to tender the following documents to confirm and prove your the legitimacy of this payment and your claim:
1. Your Payment Clean Bill Certificate (CBC)
2. Your Currently paid Utility bill
3. Copy of your Identification
We have discovered that you don't have them in your payment file but I am ready to help you want and comply to our bank's requirement to either get these documents secured or secure a letter to cover them up, then the account activation will be completed so that, our Inter-Switch Platform and the International Inter-Switch Board System (ITTSBS) will recognize your Password, grant you accessibility to your account to enable you carry out your transfers as zero COT without any hitch.
I await your prompt compliance now and I assure/guarantee you that, before the close of work today, your account will be activated/validated and you will have access to carry out any transactions and transfers to your designated bank account.
Maybe you want to be sure of whom I am or to know more about me log on to our bank's website viz: http://www.ubagroup.com/mc/bios, click on Phillips Oduoza Or click directly to: http://www.ubagroup.com/mc/bio?id=20120904032833dky9zr9pp7
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.