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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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 fake company names, fake addresses, non-existent institutions/documents or other details have appeared in scams before:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "diplomatic delivery" ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC. <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:13:47 +0100
Subject: THE REQUIREMENTS TO ACTIVATE YOUR U-DIRECT ACCOUNT, TREAT AS URGENT
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,
You have been informed that, the access/log in to the none resident US dollar U-Direct Lion the Prime account set up in your name is through the U-Direct website: https://www.ubadirect.com with the information below:
ACCOUNT NUMBER/CORP. ID: 2012301293
USER ID: UBA234766876
Before we finalize the activation of the above account for you to have access to it and to transfer your funds gradually as the true beneficiary of this approved payment, we are not asking you to pay us any money upfront rather forward the three documents demanded if you want this U-Direct Lion the Prime account activated. The documents include viz:
1. Your Payment Clean Bill Certificate (CBC)
2. Your Currently paid Utility bill
3. Copy of your Identification.
Since you don't have especially Your payment Clean Bill Clearance (CBC), it will cost you the sum of US$450 to enable us secure a cover up letter from the Ministry of Justice to activate your U-Direct account so that you can access your funds and make transfers.
It's unfortunate that, your payment is Insured by the Central Bank of Nigeria with the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) and the Insurance coverage Bond covering it prohibits us from deducting even 1 cent from the principal amount.
If you don't have US$450 for us to secure the cover up letter to activate your U-Direct account, do you also mean also that, you cannot afford US$165.00 only for the shipment of your ATM MasterCard to your residence even though you cannot afford an Insured Diplomatic delivery which is more safe?
Send the US$450 quickly in the name of:
TO: CHARLES ANAELE
ADDRESS IT TO: U. B. A. HOUSE,
57, MARINA STREET, VICTORIA ISLAND
As soon as I receive the US$450, I will send the legal Officer of our bank to for these documents so that your U-Direct account will be activated and validated before close of work today.
Alternatively, meet me one on one in New York USA on Thursday or Friday this week 30th and 31st of October, 2014 respectively for the activation of the above account.
aybe 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
Thanks and Yours sincerely,
Mr. Phillips Oduoza (CEO)
Group Managing Director/Executive Director
Direct Tel.: +2347010949993