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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:
- "million united states 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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- 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: "Mr. Lee Pete" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2022 11:58:56 +0100
Subject: U.B.A BANK NEW YORK USA
U.B.A BANK NEW YORK USA
1 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA, 8TH
This is to officially inform you as the recipient of this email that
you are among the  one hundred individuals from different
countries who were victims of various West African Scam selected to be
compensated with the sum of $1,000,000.00 [One million USD] each as
instructed by World Bank in conjunction with Africa Union [AU] to
redeem the image of West African governments/countries where the scam
were perpetrated as a result of the protest letters by Int'l
communities to World Bank and Africa Union regarding the act of scam
against their citizens by West Africans. United Bank for Africa New
York USA is one of the banks appointed by World Bank and Africa Union
to facilitate payments to verified victims through their email
As instructed by World Bank that the aforementioned sum should be
released to beneficiaries through de-personalized international
acceptable ATM VISA CASH CARD or Cheque/ International Bank Draft to
access the $1,000,000.00 compensation amount within any part of the
World by each individual beneficiary of the program from the account
linked with the Cards, you are therefore, required to re-confirm /
submit your personal information which should include the address
where the ATM VISA CASH CARD should be delivered to you as thus:
You are advised to contact ALHAJI JASSIM MOHAMMED of United Bank for
Africa, as he is our representative in West Africa, Nigeria ,contact
him immediately for your Cheque/ International Bank Draft of
US$$1,000,000.00 one million United States Dollars Only. This funds
are in a Bank Draft or ATM VISA CASH CARD for security purpose ok? so
he will send it to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice
there in your country
without any problem,
Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone
number/your correct mailing address where you want him to send the
Draft to you. Contact United Bank for Africa immediately for your
Person to Contact MR. ALHAJI JASSIM MOHAMMED
His Telephone Number +234- 9013634814
As the coordinator of this payment in the bank appointed by United
Bank for Africa management, you are strictly advised to forward the
above listed information of your person to my direct email address to
make the task of ensuring that the process of making payments to
beneficiaries / your person is easier as you are also advised, to
limit your communication to me alone to enable me give proper account
to the concerned authorities and to prevent over ambitious individuals
in and outside the bank from taking undue advantage of you.
Mr. Lee Pete
United Bank for Africa
New York USA
Branch/ Payment coordinator