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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:
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: UBA BANK FOR AFRICA <"www."@cronos.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: UBA BANK FOR AFRICA <info.uba@Writing.Com>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:03:29 +0900 (JST)
Subject: UBA ATM CARD DELIVERY
THE (UN / ECO-WAS) WORLDWIDE COMPENSATION FOR OUR COUNTRY CURRENT
ECONOMIC MELTDOWN & MAINTENANCE.
Good day, before I commence I will like to indicate my gratitude well
know to you, it might sound you ridicules, this message is from the
Department of Government Of Benin Republic West African, why I took
the obligation to write you is that I as the director of Federal
Minister of Finance official inform you about the latest development
in our country which you are among of those to receive this
compensation payment valued sum of $3.5 Million USD which has
deposited to converted it into an ATM Visa Card and deliver it to you
for cash withdraw, therefore kindly be advice to contact the parson in
charge of your funds (Dr Philip Odouza) today.
Since your email address is among the lucky beneficiaries who will
receive this compensation funds, we have arranged your payment to be
paid to you through ATM Visa Card and deliver to your postal address
with the Pin N0, as to enable you withdraw at least the maximum paid
from any ATM Machine in your country , until all the Card are
exhausted. The ATM Card with Security Pin Numbers shall be delivered
to you via courier Service, depending on your choice.
NOTE ;You are required to provide your full current delivery details
of you location address:
YOUR HOME ADDRESS:...........
YOUR COUNTY /CITY:...........
DIRECT PHONE NUMBER:...........
YOUR ID COPY:...........
CONTACT DIRECTOR: Dr Philip Odouza
Tel: +1 734 506 1068
Thanks for your understanding as you follow instructions while I wait
to hear from you once receive your Atm Visa Card. Again do indicate to
them this code of (AQ-759) being your code of conduct thanks.
UBA Bank director.