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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: " Ms Amanda Lion" < email@example.com t>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:16:43 +0100
Subject: Director Of Finance and Exchange Control Officer
I am Ms Amanda Lion former International Payment Officer United Bank For Africa[ UBA] and my reason communicating with you get me angry and seriously upset which i find it hard to control even as this point of sending this message.
Am really surprised that your payment which i handle part of it years ago during the time i worked as International Payment Officer at United Bank For Africa [UBA] before i was promoted/ transferred has not yet get to you, honestly it is crazy and madness that your file still come up for payment at my office now am Director Of Finance and Exchange Control Officer at same Bank honestly i was totally mad that over three years i left as International Payment Officer United Bank For Africa[ UBA] your payment still not receive to you IS TOTALLY CRAZY.
I want to inform you here without fear or favor that all the wrong must be corrected with immediate effect because i see no reason why International Payment that can release within two weeks are still on hold for past three years i left my former position.
I will not look back to fight the injustice because it is injustice which i cannot allow to continue so if it takes me for someone to sack because of this i will make sure it happen because this injustice must stop with immediate effect.
How are you coping since all this years please note that it is not United Bank For Africa is the one responsible for this rather it is group of people sit on this matter to frustrate you hoping that one day you will abandon the payment so that they will use it for their own personal interest but thank God i have return back ONCE AGAIN at United Bank For Africa not just returning back but with higher position.
A promise i made this day i will do everything humanly possible to bring this INJUSTICE TO JUSTICE.
Kindly Stop at this minute any further communication you have with any office, ground or persons and do kindly forward me your direct telephone number is important to me including your address.
Ms Amanda Lion.
Director Of Finance and Exchange Control Officer