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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "email@example.com" (this email address looks like addresses used in "ATM SWIFT card" scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Pamela Ann Collier" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:44:19 +0200
Subject: firstname.lastname@example.org +234-9025602859
Good day my dear
It's Barrister Mrs. Pamela Ann Collier , Thanks for your efforts
towards me,Hope all
is well with you and your family?please am sorry for not writing you
long time, i was very busy and you may not understand why this mail
you but it is to let you celebrate with me after the past
life which we went through when we are having a business transaction
eventually we fail to conclude. I am using this opportunity to
that this business has finally been concluded with the assistance of
another partner from France who financed the transaction to a
However, due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness
showed during the course of the transaction, I want to compensate
you show my gratitude to you with the sum of $1.950,000. One million
Nine Hundred and Fifty
Well i have arranged your payment through swift Visa Card payment
UBA bank Plc.The card center will issue a Visa Card of your funds
names which will enable you to withdraw your money in any ATM
wide, but the maximum is the sum of Ten thousand united states
only per day ($10,000).
kindly contact the below person who is in position to issue and
your visa card to you and also send the following
information's as listed below to them.
Your full name.............................
Your phone number..........................
Contact Person: Mr.John Makolu,
Director: UBA bank Plc Visa Card Payment Department
The Visa Card payment center has been mandated to issue out your
without any hitches in receiving your payment.
Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of
which is (VISA CARD-84118822) so you have to indicate this code when
the card center by using it as your subject.
Thanks and remain Bless you my dear.
Barrister Mrs. Pamela Ann Collier