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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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "abuja" (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.
- 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)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Michelle Harrison." (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 16 May 2020 19:25:12 +0200
Subject: Attention: Payment Notification, 16/05/2020
UNITED BANK OF AFRICA INTERNATIONAL!
UNITED BANK Heights Plot Aminu Crescent,
Wuse 2 Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria
Attention: Payment Notification,
This is to bring your notice that I have paid the re-activation and the delivery fee of your ATM MASTER CARD I paid it because the ATM MASTER CARD code is 8119 and the US$8,500.000.00 (Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) inside the ATM card has less than Thirty (30) days to expire and when it expires the money inside will go into the government purse.
With that I decided to help you pay the money so that the ATM MASTER CARD will not expire, because I know that when you receive your ATM MASTER CARD, definitely you will pay me back my money and even compensate me for helping you. Now I want you to contact UPS DELIVER COMPANY with your full delivery information below.
1) Your Full Name:...........................
2) Your Country/City/ State:.............................
3) Your Home Address:........................
4) Your Telephone/ Mobile Number:....................
5) A Copy Of Your Passport/ Driver License:.....................
6) Your Marital Status/ Age:.....................................
7) Your Occupation/ Position:.........................................
So that they can deliver your ATM MASTER CARD as a package to your destination without any further delay but remember that I DID NOT PAY THEIR OFFICIAL KEEPING FEE because they don't know when you will contact them and the domurrage might have increased by then and the cost of their Official Keeping Fee is $105.00 daily and I deposited the ATM MASTER CARD today being 9TH OF MAY 2020, so call UPS Manager as soon as you receive this email with below information.
HERE IS THE UPS CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW.
Contact Person: MR. HENRY OMAR (UPS DIRECTOR)
Telephone Number: (+234) 80294 81911
Kindly Contact UPS Manager for the instruction on how to send their official keeping fee of $105.00 daily to avoid increase of the fee and let me know once you receive your ATM MASTER CARD.
Mrs. Michelle Harrison.