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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.
- 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: UBA OFFICE <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 15 May 2021 18:51:49 +0100
Subject: Official notice of your payment!!
This to still bring to your notice that during this UBA Bank 2021
outgoing payment audit we discovered an unclaimed $16,950.000USD under
your claim, while after the investigation we found out that it was
being deposited as part of your contract/inheritance Fund with this
bank, and it's painful upon investigation that the depositor has
passed away as result of Covid 19, so you're to contact this bank now
for more info in how to complete this transaction with you, because
this fund are to be confiscate within few days if no responds from you
the beneficiary as to avoid fund diversion by hackers through the
glob, because we just received some illegal claim attempt by hackers
towards this fund.
However now, this $16,950.000USD outstanding payment is still safe and
available to be paid accordingly upon your response, but we want to
first confirm you're the right person and not those hackers that tried
to divert and claim the fund on your behalf but has failed on their
illegal attempt, while new arrangement now was agreed with bank
Committees that we will now make available (2) Mode of Payment as
Stated bellow: 1. Payment via ATM Card with it cost for issuing and
uploading of the funds into Atm Card in your name and deliver to your
location, or 2. by bank to bank transfer with it cost for the transfer
registration and approval fee.
Now, you're expected to let's hear your chosen option as well your
position to settle the cost as detailed, while to be contacting with
your full identification info, and this is to overcome those hackers
interruptions and get this transaction accomplished successful at your
Email:( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Phone#: +234 8143738384 MSG ONLY
Executive Director UBA