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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:
- "account opening" (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "million 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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "account opening form" (Banks mentioned in 419 scams are always fake (real banks don't communicate using mobile phones or free webmail addresses))
- "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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: DR James Collins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2021 11:34:11 +0100
Subject: WELCOME TO UBA BANK City Head Office.
From: "UBA BANK GROUP Abuja Nigeria." <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "UBA BANK GROUP Abuja Nigeria."
Date: MON, 5 MAY 2021 22:06:33 +0900 (JST)
Subject: YOUR ONLINE BANK WIRE TRANSFER
UBA BANK GROUP Abuja Nigeria.
(UBA) LINERPOOL, M60 4EP
Contact person: DR. James Collins.
Director/ Foreign Affairs Ops Dept.
WELCOME TO UBA BANK City Head Office.
The Remittance of Your Fund $72,500,000.00 Million Dollars To Your
Personal Bank Account: I believe you are alive and doing well to be
reading this important and urgent E-mail from the sub-regional office
of the UBA Abuja of Nigeria, I am writing you this mail with urgent
concern to officially inform you that our GPS Network Server System
(GPS NSS) recently detected an unknown Fund Transfer Payment File
system (FTP File) valued at $72,500,000.00 million dollars. After our
investigation on the FTP file we discovered your name and data
information on the file confirming you as the Payment Receiver so we
presented the FTP file to the World Bank Department of Europe
sub-region, so therefore we have now been authorized to wire this fund
directly to your Personal Bank Account because your Fund Transfer
Payment file was officially cleared with a Bill of Clean Sheet as your
name and data information was clearly verified on the FTP file that
was detected by our GPS NSS.
We also wish to inform you that a Domiciliary Account must be opened
for you here in this our bank where your fund must be lodged in before
it is properly processed for our Online Bank Transfer. So you are also
requested to fill out the Account Opening Form as requested below.
REQUESTED INFORMATION FOR NEW ACCOUNT (Non residential account)
Your First Name:______________________
Your Middle Name:_____________________
Your Last Name:_______________________
State of Origin:______________________
Social Security Number:_______________
Passport No*: _____________________
National ID Card NO.*: ____________
Date of Birth:________________________
Next of Kin:__________________________
Finally, do bear in mind that once we confirm the requested
information above from you we shall effect your Fund Transfer within
24/48hrs immediately. If you have any question or inquiry please feel
free to call our Customer Fulfillment Center on (+234) 9020505678 OR
call Me Directly On +2349020505678, Thank you for your understanding
as we hope to hear from you soon.
DR. James Collins.
Phone Number: +2349020505678,
UBA Bank Online Services, Abuja Nigeria.