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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Smith Clinton <"wwww."@ray.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: Smith Clinton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2017 07:34:33 +0900 (JST)
Subject: ATM Master Card Delivery Department.
ATM Master Card Delivery Department.
(UBA-BANK International Plc)
Urgent Attention, You Are Expected To email us
Once You Receive This Email.
Smith Clinton, from office of ATM Master Card Department (UBA-BANK
INTERNATIONAL PLC) We know it's very difficult for you to understand because
you have been long time waiting for your ATM Card all this time yet things
didn$B!G(Bt work out to your expectation but you have to understand that your
file has not gotten to this office, then Beside most CARDS are being sent
through African and after much investigation it was resulted that 90% of the
ATM CARD was not good which is the reason the card could not being use.
To this effect, the appropriate authorities (Economic Community of West
African States of African and American Government) has decided not to
deliver CARD to foreign clients through African anymore due to a lot of
complains that beneficiaries are not receiving their payment after fees has
This office want you to understand that everything is in order, Economic
Community of West African States and American Government have agreed for you
to receive your fund $9.8million u.s dollars through our (UBA-BANK
PLC) and you are to contact this office immediately for the release of your
ATM Master Card with your full information to enable us covers the insurance
coverage and please include copy of your identity for proper reprogramming
and activation of your CARD PIN Number to enable you have access of
withdrawal immediately you receive your CARD.
You are advised to include the followings below:
(1). Your Full Name,
(2). Your Country,
(3). Your Direct Telephone Numbers,
(4).Your Direct Office Phone Numbers,
(5).Mobile Phone Number,
(6). Your Correct Home Address,
(7). Your Office Address,
(8). Your Current Occupation,
(9). Your age,
(10).Your Next Of Kin Name,
(11).Your Next Email Address,
(12).Your Next Telephone Numbers,
This is to inform you that we have done and concluded all the necessary
arrangement for your payment worth of ($4.8 MILLION U.S DOLLARS) which have
to be pay to you through ( UBA-BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC ) with ATM Master
Card. Finally, you are being legally contacted regarding the release of your
long awaited fund. After a detailed review of your file, the United Nation
Monetary Unit, World Bank has been Authorized to release your ATM MASTER CARD
immediately. The sum of ($9.8
MILLION U.S DOLLARS) has been approved in your favor via (UBA-BANK
INTERNATIONAL PLC) desk.
Thanks for Your Co-operation.
ATM Master Card Delivering Department.
(UBA-BANK INTERNATIONAL PLC)