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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:
- "cotonou" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- 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: "UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 23:54:39 -0000
Subject: ATTN: BENEFICIARY,
This is to bring to your notice that I am delegated from THE WORLD BANK ORGANIZATION,UNITED NATION and UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA (UBA) to pay 100 scam victims a compensation of $4.5 Million each, you are listed and approved for this payments as one of the scammed victims, get back to us as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your $4.5 Million compensations funds.
On this faithful recommendations, I want you to know that during the last UN meetings held at Cotonou Benin Republic, it was alarmed so much by the rest of the world in the meetings on the lose of funds by various foreigners to the scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today, in other to retain the good image of Africa, the president of the UNITED NATION and THE WORLD BANK ORGANIZATION is now paying 100 victims of this operators
$4.5 Million USD each, Due to the corrupt and inefficient banking systems in Africa, the payments are to be paid by UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA (UBA) as corresponding paying bank under funding assistance by the UNITED NATIONS and THE WORLD BANK ORGANIZATION.
THIS IS TO PROVE YOUR FUND TRANSFER DETAIL:-
Date of Registration:.....2016/2017:
Prize (ex. Ordering Checks):...$4.5Million USD
Electronic (ex. Direct Deposit/Automatic Payment):.....................$4.5Million each
AMOUNT INSTALLED AMOUNT:.....$4.5Million
PAYING BANK:..........UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA
Please reconfirm your full Bank information or your full delivery information to UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA (UBA) because you will receive your Fund via online Bank to Bank money Transfer or ATM VISA CARD.
MANAGING DIRECTOR IS Mr. Phillips Oduoza,
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA (UBA)
Name:Mr. Phillips Oduoza
TEL PHONE: +229 99455225
Call or email the UBA BANK immediately you receive this E-mail so to enable them speed up for your Transfer.
NB: contact the Managing Director UBA Consultant Payment Center immediately with the necessary information required from you so that they will commence and process and send your fund to you.
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