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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.
- 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:
- "swift card payment center" (this phrase is often used in the ATM card payment scam)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- 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.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: mitchelle mcnoan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 14:20:57 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention dear,
This is to notify you that we have arranged your payment of $8.500,000.00 Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand USD through swift card payment center Canada IBTC BANK, this card center will send to you by an ATM Visa card which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM Machine in any part of the world at the maximum rate of $6,000.00 US dollars (Six Thousand United State Dollars) per day.
Therefore do not hesitate to contact United Bank For Africa (UBA Bank Plc) for immediate delivery of your fund to your home address. Through a courier service provider.
The Bank has been mandated to issue out your payment and you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your FUND. Note that because of impostors, The Bank also issued you their code of conduct, which is (368821) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the ATM card center by using it as your subject.
THEREFORE YOU HAVE TO CONTACT MR, MARVELOUS RICHARD CUSTOMER SERVICES DEPT ATM CARD INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENT,DEPARTMENT UBA BANK PLC.
Direct line: +2347015796928 EMAIL; email@example.com
Reconfirm your information such as; your surname
valid phone number, email address password
your occupation and home address while contacting him.
Yours in Service.
thanks and god bless you.