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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:
- "transferred into your bank account" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "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: "Mr. Rasheed Olaoluwa (UBA BANK DIRECTOR)" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "Mr. Rasheed Olaoluwa (UBA BANK DIRECTOR)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:15:56 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: United Bank For Africa
Â United Bank For Africa (UBA) Benin Rep.
Breaking News, The UN Organization to the IMF With the Benin Du Republic Government have approve to Compensate the scam victims with sum of $4.8 Million,and you have been approved to be among this lucky Beneficiaries to receive $4.800,000.00 only, This payment has been signed by the World Bank Team to UBA BANK of Benin Office to pay just 6 SCAM VICTIMS.
Contact Mr. Rasheed Olaoluwa the UBA BANK Director with Your Banking Details for your $4.800,000.00 to be transferred into your Bank Account.
Your Full NameYour Country, State and CityYour Cell PhoneYour Bank Account Details.Your Age And Occupation.Your Next Of Kin.
The UN Organization to the IMF With the Benin Du Republic Government have secured all the necessary Documents that will protect your Fund Transfer.
Your presence is needed here to sign on those Documents since they cannot be sent through email or otherwise you get an Attorney to sign onyour behalf, take note that we need your presence urgently and we do not ask for any fee upfront, you have to confirm your Funds into your account and know the people you are dealing with in person before any other process is taken place, this is the only protocol we use here due to the ongoing frauds on the internet.
We are waiting for your immediate co-operation and response as soon as possible.
Mr. Rasheed Olaoluwa (UBA BANK DIRECTOR)OFFICE LINE: +229 68651848EMAIL: (email@example.com)