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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:
- "lagos" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:19:22 +0500
Subject: TREAT AS URGENT
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA NIGERIA
HEAD OFFICE ADDRESS UBA HOUSE
57 MARINA P.O. BOX 2406 LAGOS NIGERIA
I wish to keep you posted on the out come of our emergency meeting with the World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim,international monetary fund (IMF),London Paris club and (UN) I hereby inform you that your winnings/inheritance. payment file have been Signed and forwarded to UBA bank Plc Nigeria . where you will be receiving your fund via online banking transfer which you will need to do by your self from any computer in your house or office .
Therefore you are advised to contact Dr. Micheal Evans with the below
information for your immediate payment.
YOUR NAME .......
YOUR ADDRESS ....
YOUR AGE .......
YOUR PHONE NUMBER.......
YOUR ID CARD.............
Below is your paying officer from UBA bank Plc Nigeria,
Director cash processing unit
United bank for Africa. (U.B.A).