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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:
- "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)
- "high court" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "federal high court" (This court is often mentioned in '419' scams to give the victim a reason why he/she should send thousands of dollars to the scammers. A 'Federal High Court' exists in Germany and Nigeria, but not in other countries, such as the UK, Spain, Netherlands, Senegal, Benin, South Africa or other countries where fake lawyers in scams often claim to be based. )
- "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 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)
- uba bank. contact person:mr.kennedy uzoka email:email@example.com you should get in touch with him immediately because the (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Bunmi Malik." (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 1 May 2020 02:57:49 -0700
Subject: Your Compensation payment has been Approved
Federal Reserve Bank of New York,the World bank
injunction with the UBA Bank for
International Compensation Settlement.
Release of Your Outstanding Compensation Fund USD$500,000.00 USD
I'am obliged to inform you that after several investigation with the United states Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol the High Authorities in charge of every international transaction in Lagos Nigeria was declared that every international unpaid beneficiarysho uld receive their Outstanding Compensation payment worth sum of
USD$500,000.00 USD through ATM card with the help of CEO executive Director of UBA Bank.
Be informed that every legal arrangement was made by the Federal High Court of Justice to sign all the entire proper Documents that will help UBA Bank to carry out the release of your USD$500,000.00 USD through their ATM Banking System.
Based on the above explanation, be strictly advised to contact the Chief Executive Officer Mr.Kennedy Uzoka with bellow information for immediate issuance and delivery of your ATM Card to your home address as soon as possible.
CEO:Executive Director UBA Bank.
Contact Person:Mr.Kennedy Uzoka
You should get in touch with him immediately because the bank was mandated to issue out your payment in this first quarter of the Year 2020.
Thanks for your understanding.
Mrs Bunmi Malik.
Director Legal Services and UBA Secretary.