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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: James Udo <"jamesudo122."@fine.ocn.ne.jp>
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2017 03:04:23 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Urgent Message
I am Mr. James Udo, a computer scientist with UBA Bank. I am 29 years old, just started work with UBA Bank. I came across your (B) file which was marked X and your released D disk painted RED, I took time to study it and found out that you have paid VIRTUALLY all fees and certificate but the fund has not been release to you. The most annoying thing is that they cannot tell you the truth that on no account will they ever release the fund to you. Please this is like a Mafia setting in Benin Republic/ Burkina Faso and Nigeria; you may not understand it because you are not from this country. The only thing I will need to release this fund to you is a special HARD DISK. I will buy two of it, recopy your information, destroy the previous one, and punch the computer to reflect in your bank within 24 banking hours. I will clean up the tracer and destroy your file, after which I will quit the UBA bank i don't want to work with them again. Some mafias in the bank are behind the non release of your money that's why i managed to sneak out this information for your kind perusal.
If you are interested do get in touch with me immediately, you should send to me you phone numbers for easy communications and also re confirm your banking details, so that there won't be any mistake.