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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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- telephone +22996386092 dr. peters michael e: firstname.lastname@example.org e:email@example.com united bank for africa work to (Mail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "M. Jean-Claude do Rego" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2021 22:19:00 +0100
Subject: CONTACT UBA BANK FOR AFRICA FOR YOUR ATM VISA CARD
This is to inform you that a few months after the Inauguration Joe
Biden. The US President successfully did the Repeal of many of Donald
Trump's actions with executive orders, the millions of compensation
funds in the US and the command Having put ice includes the immediate
release of Shipping boxes, unclaimed funds, packages shipped in the US
have been put on hold for
Working with the Financial Services Authority to accomplish this The
US government has solved the problem through finCEN & The Financial
Services The authority has the release of your unpaid funds approved.
We have everyone's safety records international outstanding amounts
reviewed transactions and our extensive investigation confirmed that
you are the beneficiary through the support of the international
criminal Police Organization (ICPO). We have a letter of approval from
International Monetary Fund (IMF) that says your Money will be given
to you upon proper confirmation of your claim
We would like to inform you that an agreement with the United Nations
Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) exists to help you process and pay the
amount of $2.900 thousand USD, once you have the full requirements for
processing your Specify the fund payment case. That was resolved at a
meeting between the international auditors in Europe
and our Asian representatives. Note: $2.900,000 was in an ATM Visa
card from the UBA Bank for Africa, therefore it is recommended to
contact them with your complete information
DR. MICHAEL PETERS (BILL OFFICER). UBA CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT
DR. PETERS MICHAEL
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA
WORK TO SERVE YOU BETTER
M. Jean-Claude do Rego
United States Ambassador to the Republic of Benin