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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "central bank of nigeria" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "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.
- 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: UNION BANK <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2018 01:39:08 +0100
Subject: Try and receive your us$3.1 million dollars this time 2018
UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC.
36 BROAD STREET, MARINA LAGOS,
NIGERIA,TELEGRAM: UNION BROAD BRANCH
BIG, STRONG, RELIABLE
RE: PAYMENT ON ACCRUED INTEREST OF US$3.1M
I am REV. MARK DURU, the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and Head of Swift Transfer
Unit of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc. Lagos-Nigeria
Sometime ago, in our bank your contract money was brought to our bank
from Nigerian Apex Bank, CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (C.B.N) and after
some period, this money was taken back to the Federal Government
treasury. For the period of time this money was in our bank, it
generated an interest of US$ 3.1 Million, which we are about to be pay
to you via KTT wire transfer to your account.
For your information and advice, you need to hasten up to pick this
Fund because from time to time the C.B.N auditors do come to our bank
to cross-check our files and our financial update, the earlier you
comply with the demands of the delivery of the fund, the faster the
action, because the CBN officials wants the accrued interest to be
paid to them but we refused, so when they find out that this interest
fund is still in our bank they will want to call back the money to the
Federal Government treasury.
What we need from you now is any form of your identification for
example; your international passport or youâre driverâs license, then
your telephone and fax number for easy communication with your account
As a matter of fact we donât have enough time to waste since we have
wasted time in contacting our respective customers, so try and comply
with the entire necessary requirement for remittance.
Contact me on our official telephone expecting your immediately response.
REV MARK DURU
DIRECTOR UNION BANK OF