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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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: Mr Oluchi Uju <"wwww."@gmail.com>
Reply-To: Mr Oluchi Uju <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 26 May 2017 07:23:49 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear Friend,
We the members of financial accounting are very pleased to inform you that (ATM Card Number:4278763100030014 ) and the Security pin has been credited in your favor, your personal Identification Number is 822 which you have to forawrd to our agent for identification. The ATM Card value is $2.7 MILLION USD.
Kindly note that this is legit and any act like this is very appreciated and will be well honored, You are advised to contact our UBA BANK for the delivery of your ATM CARD to you.
Contact Person :Hon William Ike,
Email : (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Below are the vital information of yours needed for the delivery of your ATM
CARD to you.
Below is your ATM CARD information.
ATM Card Number: (4278763100030014)
Security Pin Code : 7546
Withdrawal per day : $5,000
The only money you have to send to them is the delivery charge for the delivery of your ATM CARD to you and note that you have to keep your ATM CARD information secret to avoid diverting/stealing of your money because we registered your ATM CARD as a parcel.
Mr Oluchi Uju
Thank's and god bless you.
Mr Oluchi Uju.