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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 phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united state dollars" (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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "cotonou" (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 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: oba yemi <email@example.com>
Reply-To: oba yemi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:45:17 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Urgent Responds
Â UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA BENIN REPUBLIC
HEAD OFFICE ADDRESS UBA HOUSE
57 MARINA P.O. BOX 2406 COTONOU
Director of (ABAN OFFSHORE LIMITED ) Mr.Pejavar Murari has Deposited a sun of $2.8 Million United State Dollars to our Branch Office (UBA) United Africa Bank for you has Business Partner before he left to Japan and he has giving the Approved to Release the funds to you and beneficiary funds via the following means (1) Payment via Automatic Teller Machine (ATM card) upon receipt of your ATM card you will be allowed to withdraw $10,000 per day by default and you are given the option to transfer funds from your ATM card to your bank account. 2. Online Banking (Bank to Bank Transfer) to enable you process this operation, $566.00 is required for opening an online banking operation Account, that will enable you get access to your account Online and make transfer of funds yourself to any of your Bank Account across the globe via ONLINE BANKING SERVICE
For international shipping of Visa Card as stated by our company we had to sign contract agreement with DHL for bulk shipping which makes the fees reduced from the actual $366 to $233.00 nothing more and no hidden fees of any sort. (FOR ATM CARD DELIVERY)
Reconfirm your information below:
Hoping to hear from you.
Manager Director (UBA)Plc.
(Mrs. Linda Marry)