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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.
- 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)
- the uba manager with below info name:mr.edwin oka email:(firstname.lastname@example.org) phone:+229-6258-0673 text him on +1(917)3364843 you (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: MINISTER OF FINANCE <www.@oregano.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: MINISTER OF FINANCE <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 07:50:27 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your ATM master card is ready,
I am Dr. Mohamed Ahmed the new Benin Republic minister of finance,I am
contacting you regarding your overdue outstanding payment of
$4.7000.00 dollars that has been with government account for so long
due to the corruption of the past government of president Thomas Boni
Yayi.The new president Mr.Patrice Talon took office on 6 April 2016
and is making sure that all the out standing payment will be paid out
to the the beneficiaries under his six months in office.We have given
United Bank For Africa (UBA)the go ahead order to you the sum of
$4.7000.00,and the said fund has been uploaded it an ATM master card
which will enable you withdrawing $5000.00 per day at any working ATM
machine around the world.You are advised to contact the (UBA)manager
Mr.Edwin Oka with your information such as below.
Your full name:__
Copy of your ID__
Contact person the UBA manager with below info
Text him on +1(917)3364843
You should ask him how to receive your ATM master card with the sum of
US$4.7000.00 dollars,I assured you that this is your golden
opportunity you have to receive your overdue payment and make sure
that you follow all legal instruction give to you on how your ATM card
will delivered to you.
I wish you the best of luck
Dr. Mohamed Ahmed