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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:
- "economic and financial crimes commission" (This name is often mentioned in money recovery scams (re-scam): the real EFCC does not contact victims to offer to get their money back because that is near impossible. )
- "(efcc)" (This name is often mentioned in money recovery scams (re-scam): the real EFCC does not contact victims to offer to get their money back because that is near impossible. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Abel Ubaka" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 10:38:09 +0100
Subject: Attention Fund Ordering recipient,
From: Mr. Abel Ubaka
International Remittance Dept.
Union Bank Nigeria Plc.
Postfach 8098 Union,
Union Clearing Number: 230
SWIFT: UBN CH UH 80A
Attention Fund Ordering recipient,
BANK PAYMENT DIRECTIVE
We found your name and email address on the List supplied to us by the ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION (EFCC) NIGERIA,that is why we are contacting you. We wish to inform you that you have been recommended by THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION (EFCC) NIGERIA to receive the sum of $7.5M, as a scam victim from this bank which is based on the understanding and current proposed legislative payment agreement between our ordering customer,the Federal Government of Nigeria/United Nations which instructed this payment for you.
Our Bank as a member of the financial services compensation scheme established under the financial services and market act 2000 31st December,is subjected to pay all outstanding debts within the West African Economic Areas and Deposits denominated in all currencies and treated alike.
To ensure we carry out our normal payment procedures accurately and to help in continually improving our services and interest of security; we therefore demand that you send your proper identity to confirm your person as the beneficiary. We shall also require you to confirm your acceptance to receive this fund.
Please indicate correct telephone number, address and real receiving Bank details. Any information that is not correct may likely prohibit us from making transfer. Your information will be treated with utmost security and shall be used for services related reasons.
We would like to inform you that our Bank shall be making transfer to your account immediately you reconfirm your bank account as we are not certain with this bank account below submitted on your behalf by the some other people here,Be informed that there are several accounts submitted for your payment by your local representatives Engr. Williams Okon to our International Transfer Director. We do not know into which account to effect your payment.
You are hereby required to clarify the followings immediately: -
1. Did you broker your fund to one Mr. Smart Kevin of Canada to claim and receive the payment on your behalf?
2.Did you sign any Deed of Assignment in his favor, thereby making him the current beneficiary with the following account details?
Northwest trust Bank
One Oak brook Terrace, Chicago, Illinois USA,
6023-13 76ABA ROUTING NO: 171000152,
A/C NO: 12 49819
A/C NAME: Titan Erectors,
Gerard V. Radice/Konzeng Agent
3. You are required as a matter of urgency to confirm the legitimacy of the above claim and kindly give us reason why you decided to affect the above Change of Account. If you are not aware of this claim, please confirm to us through the above stated e-mail address immediately by stating your authentic Account details, for proper credit of your funds as we have here in your file.
Due to the long delay this payment has suffered, be rest assured that immediately these payment irregularities are cleared, you would receive your fund remittance analysis for clearance of funds into your account. Note that we are bound to recognize Mr. Smart Kevin's claim, if you fail to RESPOND promptly to this inquiry following the Deed of Assignment he submitted to claim this payment. Make sure you get back to this office as soon as possible so that the necessary action will be taking immediately.
International Payment Department(IPD)
Union Bank Plc