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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 card 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)
- "foreign payment department" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- "federal republic of benin" (Benin, Cameroon, etc. are no Federal Republics, unlike Nigeria where this type of scam was invented)
- 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: "Hon MRS.GLORY AGU" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "Hon MRS.GLORY AGU" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2015 19:48:48 +0900 (JST)
Subject: ATTENTION : CARD OWNER THIS IS YOUR ATM CARD PAYMENT NOTIFICATION.
DIRECTOR OF ATM CARD DEPARTMENT UBA BANK PLC
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF BENIN WEST AFRICA.
OUR REF:U.B./MF/B01/Vol 01
OUR OFFICE TEXT LINE ( 631-292-4840 )
OFFICE CONTACT'S PHONE :(00229 9829 9822 )
ATTENTION : CARD OWNER THIS IS YOUR ATM CARD PAYMENT NOTIFICATION.
I AM, Hon MRS. GLORY AGU, FROM FOREIGN TRANSFER OFFICE, I AM HEREBY TO INFORM YOU UBA BANK PLC BENIN REPUBLIC HAVE BEEN MANDATED TO ISSUE OUT YOUR
PAYMENT OF $5,8MILLION USD THROUGH ATM VISA CARD. YOU ARE ADVISED TO STOP FURTHER COMMUNICATION WITH ANY OTHER PERSON(S) OR OFFICE(S) TO AVOID MADE A
MISTAKE IN RECEIVING YOUR ATM VISA CARD.
UBA BANK MANAGER HAVE CONFIRMED AUTOMATION OF YOUR SWIFT PAYMENT THROUGH AN ELECTRONIC ATM CARD PAYMENT.THE BANK HAVE ARRANGED YOUR PAYMENT THROUGH
SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTER ASIA PACIFIC THIS CARD CENTER WILL SEND YOU AN ATM VISA CARD WHICH YOU WILL USE TO WITHDRAW YOUR MONEY IN ANY ATM MACHINE IN
ANY PART OF THE WORLD .THE MAXIMUM DAILY WITHDRAWAL IS $12,000 US DOLLARS PER DAY.
YOUR TOTAL FUND IN THE CARD IS $5.8MILLION USD. NOW YOU ARE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR FUND BY CONTACTING THE BANK TODAY.THIS IS A SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT IN
COLLABORATION WITH MASTER CARD COMPANY USA.
SEND THEM THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION OF YOURS FOR THE CONCLUSION OF THE DELIVERY
OF YOUR ATM VISA CARD:
(1). YOUR FULL NAME,
(2). YOUR COUNTRY,
(3). YOUR DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBERS,
(4). MOBILE PHONE NUMBER,
(5). YOUR CORRECT HOME ADDRESS,
(6). YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION,
(7). YOUR WEEKLY/MONTHLY INCOME,
(8). YOUR AGE,
(9). YOUR NEXT OF KIN NAME AND EMAIL.
CONTACT REV.JIMMY WILSON WITH THIS INFORMATION:EMAIL CALL (00229 9829 9822 ).
FOREIGN PAYMENT DEPARTMENT UBA BANK BENIN REPUBLIC OFFICE TELL PHONE:(+229 9829 9822 ) NOTE THAT BECAUSE OF IMPOSTORS THE (UBA BANK) ARE HEREBY ISSUED
YOU OUR CODE OF CONDUCT WHICH IS ATM-0202 SO YOU HAVE TO INDICATE THIS CODE WHEN CONTACTING REV.JIMMY WILSON ON THE CARD CENTER BY USING IT AS YOUR
SUBJECT. KINDLY NOTIFY (UBA BANK) IMMEDIATELY TO CONFIRM THE RECEIPT OF THIS MESSAGE FROM THE U.B.A BANK PLC.
HEAD OF ATM DEPT (UBA BANK) BENIN.
OUR OFFICE TEXT LINE ( 631-292-4840 )
Hon MRS.GLORY AGU