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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:
- "my names are " (a common phrase found 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: UBA BENIN REPUBLIC <www.@alto.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: UBA BENIN REPUBLIC <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2017 06:14:31 +0900 (JST)
Subject: ATTN. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
Compliments of the day. My names are Kennedy Uzoka, General Managing Director/CEO UBA Benin Republic.
My message may come to you as a shock,After the Final Meeting with all Branch managers UBA BENIN REPUBLIC, I gave out an order with the respect of forgoing business matter regarding the final release and subsequent transfer of your approved payment valued at sum of $6.5 Million USD via ATM CARD. but do not be dismayed as the matter requires your utmost attention.
We conducted an internal auditing and discovered your details in our data base as one of our international beneficiary whose fund is currently under our hold. I don't know how this came about and why your name and fund was found on our system. As a professional banker serving this institution and several others for years, I understood that there is something wrong and for this reason I decided to reach out to you by email in order to ensure that we do not contradict the fund status.
Please for the sake of clarity and to enable my office ensure that we help resolve this conflict, I hereby request that you write me immediately and let me know if you have any pending transaction with any foreign institution or representative(s) and do not fail to include details and timeline of the fund movements from its conception till date. However, please I would like to confirm if the information we have here corresponds exactly with yours.
Information required are as follows for Authenticity:
PICTURE COPY OF IDENTIFICATION:
I urge you to help us help you. Once we align this details I shall be able to help convey your funds to you via any payment structure of your choice without further delay.
Your positive response is highly anticipated.
Mr Kennedy Uzoka
General Managing Director/CEO
UBA Benin Republic