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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:
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- "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 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Ugochukwu A. Nwaghodoh" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 04 Apr 2021 11:03:33 -0700
Subject: YOUR ATM Card Payment Release: REPLY URGENTLY
United Bank For Africa PLC
57 Marina , Lagos Island, Lagos Nigeria
Chief Financial Officer.
ATM Head of Operation
US$10.5 Million, ATM master card Payment
Attention bona-fide beneficiary:
I am Ugochukwu Nwaghodoh ATM Head of Operation Department UBA Bank Plc Nig, I resumed to this office on the 20th of last Month and during my official research last
week I discovered an abandoned ATM Card valued sum of US$10.5 Million with card number 5321452123403456 belonging to you as the rightfully intimate beneficiary as
records shown that you are among one of the individuals and organizations who are yet to receive their overdue payment from overseas which includes those of Contract
Payment,Lottery/Gambling/ and Inheritance Payment From 2010 years ago till 2021 records. wish to pay through your preferable means by ATM Card! you 've been identify
by your mailing address attached with your ATM Card right here on my desk, I tried to know why this card have not been released to you but I was told that the formal
ATM head of operation who left this office two months ago with-held your card for his own personal use without knowing that I will not approve or support him to take
your card.now that your ATM Master card is still available for you to pick it up here in our bank, I want to know how you wish to receive your ATM card along with your
four digits access pin code number.You can come here in our bank to pick up your card direct from my office or alternatively it can be send to your address through any
registered reliable courier service company that you will take care of the courier charge only, I don't know the cost of shipping the card to you but if you permit me
I will go to the courier shipment company to find out the cost, in that case you will be required to forward to me your shipment address details bellow; Notice,Notice,
be informed that the Custom Clearance Delivery permit papers required has already been settled and secured by Authority Uba banking group! guarantee receipt copy will
be attach, to avoid delays, please reconfirm with this details below; to avoid any mistakes while delivering your fund,
Your first & second Name:..........
Your City/Nearest Airport.......
Your Home Address:............
Copy of Your ID......................
Home/Cell Phone:or your private number.......
We shall be expecting to receive your information as you have to stop any further communication with anybody or office. to enable find out the shipment cost to your
location.and more details of your ATM card payment will be made known to you as soon as I receive your swift positive response, to enable you know the amount
programmed for your ATM daily withdrawal.Do call or text me on:+234-9016-907-882 as soon as you receive this message.email office here (email@example.com)
Thanks For your anticipated co-operation and understanding. We will serve You better,
Mr Ugochukwu A. Nwaghodoh
Group Chief Financial Officer
ATM Head of Operation