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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:
- "hundred thousand united state dollars" (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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "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)
- "dear beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- "cotonou" (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: "UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2019 21:11:36 -0700
Subject: Dear Beneficiary,Your Urgent Response........
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA(UBA)
Address: Carrefour des trois
Banques Avenue Pape Jean Paul
II, Cotonou, Benin
Telephone: +229 67 97 87 37,+234703-5775-245
This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract /Compensation file and found out why you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your fund.
We the United Bank For Africa (UBA) are hereby bringing to your notice that after due vetting and evaluation of your file today from the Republic Of Benin government,United Nation and the International Monetary fund (IMF).
The management of this Bank wishes to inform you that the resolution from this morning Board of Directors meeting that your fund in the tune of Eight Million,Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars, US $8,500,000.00) only has been transferred to our corresponding bank (UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA BENIN),and your fund will now have to be paid to you through our online banking system, Meanwhile, take note that this new development came into play due to your delay, for the claim of your fund from this Bank and because this Bank has Constitution that guides us and in page 19A of the Sub Section 10C of the 2000 Cons.
Secondly we have been informed that you are still dealing with the wrong officials in the bank and all your attempts to secure the release of your fund are still in vain. we wish to advise you that such an illegal act has to stop if you wish to receive your payment since we have decided to bring a solution to your problem. This idea is the latest instruction given to this bank by the Federal Ministry of Finance & US. Securities Exchange Commission.
Finally, re-furnish us with the following below details to avoid any mistake or paying to wrong hands.
Your Full Name:
Copy Of Drivers License ID:
Once again, you have to stop hence your further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) regarding this transaction, this is to avoid any hitches in finalizing your payment. The transfer of your total sum of $8,500.000.00 will be affected as soon as possible. Note that because of impostors, we hereby issue you our code of conduct, which is (UBA-229) you must have to indicate this code while contacting the United Bank For Africa.
We are sorry for any inconvenience the delay in transferring of your fund must have caused you. Be informed that this is UNITED BANK FOR
AFRICA (UBA) BENIN REPUBLIC, You can call me on: +234-7035775245 for quick response.
UBA Bank Benin Republic