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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: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:50:45 +0100
Subject: CONFIRM YOUR WILLINGNESS URGENTLY
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,
Sequel to your inability to accept your out standing payment by ATM MasterCard and through the none resident US dollar U-Direct Lion the Prime account set up in your name as to access and transfer your funds through our website: https://www.ubadirect.com, with the following information below:
ACCOUNT NUMBER/CORP. ID: 2012301293
USER ID: UBA234766876
Are you willing to accept/receive your funds by Bank to Bank MT103 wire transfer through our New York USA branch office of Bank of America also in New York USA?
If your answer is yes, kindly reconfirm the following information:
1. Your names in full
2. Your residence address
3. Phone Contact phone Number
6. Your Age
7. Next of Kin
8. Purpose of the payment (if inheritance or contract executed)
9. Your total amount
10. receiving bank account details
11. name of your account officer
12. Direct telephone number of your account officer.
13. Copy of your identification.
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.