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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:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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: OMRE MINNE <email@example.com>
Reply-To: OMRE MINNE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:26:01 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: ATTN:MY DEAR YOUR ATM VISA CARD PAYMENT NOTIFICATION
Â ROM THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION,
Metro Plaza, Plot 991/992,
Zakari Maillart Street
Cadastral Zone AO,
Central Business District.
ATTN: My Dear
Good news,The BRITISH High Commission has actually verified and discovered that your payment has been unnecessarily Delayed by corrupt officials of
the Company who are Trying to divert your fund of $5.750,000,00 into their private accounts. Therefore we have obtained an irrevocable payment guarantee on your Payment with UBA Bank to make your payment through their new ATM CARD system which you can use to withdraw your money in any ATM MACHINE around your area.
So we are here by inviting you to our office to pick up your ATM VISA CARD but if you cannot be able to come down here in our office in person be inform that you are going to pay for shipping fee of your ATM visa CARD, so if you are unable to come down here then you are required to update them so that they will proceed with the necessary arrangement for the
delivery of your ATM VISA CARD.
As of now be informed that all arrangement has been done and canceled and the ATM VISA CARD has be in your name, but to RE-ACTIVATE the ATM Card you have to forward your current information as requested below to the bank for the ATM Card re-actification, then they will send you the ATM CARD for
your immediate use. Mr Erastus akingbola
Here are the information you have to forward to the bank:
1. Your Full Names:______
2. Postal Address:_______
3. Direct Cell Numbers:_______
4. E-mail Address:________
Therefore you are advised to contact UBA Bank accountant Manager
Dr.Erastus Akingbola with below Email address(email@example.com) Thank you once again my good friend, May God establishes you with this little compensation Jesus name Amen.
CONTACT PERSON:Mr.Erastus Akingbola
Chief Executive Officer UBA Bank Pl c
Direct Hotline: +229-9526-3305
Get back to me once you received the ATM VISA CARD OK.
Thanks and God bless you.