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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:
- "transfer into your account" (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)
- "million dollars" (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)
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: DR William Obadiah <"UBA."@arion.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: DR William Obadiah <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:01:05 +0900 (JST)
Subject: U Are Welcome To United Bank for Africa
Dear UBA Customer!!
You have received this email because you are a customer of UBA. This is a genuine email from United Bank for Africa Plc. We the UBA group is waiting to hear from you regarding your money in this bank. You have to comply immediately so that your money will be secured. Your account balance is $2.7Million dollars. Please note that your account information is needed so that you can transfer your money from this bank to your designated bank account in your country. You will have a swift and smooth transfer by using our paying bank website. Remember your total fund of $2,700,000.00 USD will be transfer into your account once.
Thank you for banking with us!
For additional information about this transaction or any of our services, please contact our Customer Fulfillment Centre (CFC) : +229 99192006
Registered office: United Bank for Africa Plc., 18 Lome akpakpa Cotonou Benin rep.
Registered in Benin rep