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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.
- 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: RichardBruno <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: RichardBruno <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 19:05:09 +0900 (JST)
Subject: (UBA-BANK International Plc)
This is to inform you that we have done and concluded all the necessary arrangement for your payment worth of ($4.8 MILLION U.S DOLLARS) which have to be pay to you through ( UBA-BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC ) with ATM Master 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 ATM MASTER CARD immediately. The sum of ($4.8 MILLION U.S DOLLARS) 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.
Mr. richard bruno
ATM Master Card Delivering Department.
( UBA-BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC ) Benin Republic.
Office line:+229 99166134