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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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: SIR TONY <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: SIR TONY <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:24:24 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: ATM Card Delivering Department.
ATMÂ Card Delivering Department.
(UBA-BANK International Plc) Benin Republic.
Office line:+229 68970142
Office line:+229 68970142
Urgent Attention, You Are Expected To Call Us +229 68970142.Once You Recieve These Email.
SIR TONY, from office of ATM Swift Card Department ( UBA-BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC )
We knew is very difficult for you to understand because you haveÂ been long time waiting for
your ATM Card all the time yet things didnÃ¢â¬â¢t work out to your expectation but you have to
understand that your file has not gotten to this office, then Beside most CARDS are being
sent through African and after much investigation it was resulted that 95% of the ATM CARD
was not Good which is the reason the card could not being use.
To this effect,Â the appropriate authorities (Economic Community of West African States of
African and American Government) has decided not to deliver CARD to foreign clients through
African anymore due to a lot of complains that beneficiaries are not receiving their payment
afterÂ fees has been paid.
This office want you to understand that everything is in order, Economic Community of West
African States and American Government have agreed for you to receive your fund (ATM
Card) through our ( UBA-BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC ) and you are to contact this office
immediately for theÂ release of your ATM Card with your full informations to enable
us covers the insurance coverage and please include copy of your identity for proper
reprogramming and activation of your CARD PIN Number to enable you have access of withdrawal
immediately you receive your CARD.
You are advised to include the followings below:
(1). Your Full Name,
(2). Your Country,
(3). Your Direct Telephone Numbers,
(4).Your Direct Office Phone Numbers,
(5).Mobile Phone Number,
(6). Your Correct Home Address,
(7). Your Office Address,
(8). Your Current Occupation,
(9).Your Weekly/Monthly Income,
(10). Your age ,
(11).Your Next Of Kin Name,
(12).Your NextÂ Email Address,
(13).Your Next TelePhoneÂ Numbers,
This is to inform you that we have done and concluded all the necessary arrangement for your
payment worth of $1,500,000.00 USD(ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) which
have to be payÂ to you through ( UBA-BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC ) with ATMÂ Card.
Finally, you are being legally contacted regarding the release of your long awaited fund.
After a detailed review of your file, the United Nation Monetary Unit, World Bank and the US
Homeland Security Department has been Authorized to release your ATMÂ CARDÂ
immediately. The sum of $1.500.000.00 Million USDÂ has been approved in your favour via ( UBA-BANK
INTERNATIONAL PLC desk.)
Quickly get back to me for more advice.
Thanks for Your Co-operation.
ATMÂ Card Delivering Department.
( UBA-BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC ) Benin Republic.
Office line:+229 68970142.