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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:
- "atm payment department" (this phrase is often used in the ATM card payment scam)
- "swift card payment center" (this phrase is often used in the ATM card payment scam)
- "card center will send you an atm card" (this phrase is often used in the ATM card payment scam)
- ",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)
- "cheque " (Beware of any scheme that involves cashing checks or money orders and then wiring a portion of the funds somewhere - you'll be liable for the entire amount if the checks or money orders turn out to be fake, even after you have received and forwarded cash. If it's a lottery prize, remember that real lotteries do not pay large prizes by check. They wire the money directly to your bank account and you do not pay for that. Many scammers promise a large check only in order to then demand payment of courier fees for a fake courier service. )
- 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: information office <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: information office <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:11:09 +0900 (JST)
Subject: your ATM Payment Card.
Hello Dear My Friend
I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick your bank draft but did not hear from you since that time then i went and deposited the $1,500,000.00 usd draft/ cheque in the bank.We have arranged your payment through swift card payment center Asia pacific, this card center will send you an atm card which you will use to withdraw your money in any atm machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is $20,000 Per-hour, and you can withdraw $100,000,00 Per-Day. Kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your ATM Payment Card.Send your information which they will use to send the card to you.
1 Your full name::
2 Your home address were you want them to send the atm card::
3 Current occupation::
5 Your current home telephone number/mobile phone number::
6 A Copy of your identification::
However, kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your atm card.with this E-mail address at the below.
ATM Payment Department Uba Bank International Plc
Dr. George Phillip,
For the purpose of clarification, It is advice that the entire fee has been paid for your delivery so it's probably $105 dollar that remains that you will sent to them for security office keeping fee so far. don't be misconceived by anybody, and be advised to reconfirm.Try to contact them as soon as possible to quicken the processing of your card.Let me know as soon as you receive your card. Wait for your respond. and your Urgent Call Him +2348060974662