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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:
- "hundred thousand 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)
- "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)
- "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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Mr Kennedy Uzoka <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2022 13:34:03 -0700
United Bank Of Africa Plc.
Head Office Address
Plot 136, Balogun Street
Lagos Island, Nigeria.
We apologize for the delay on the delivery of your ATM VISA CARD and
all the inconveniences we might put you through, while we were having
some minor problems in uploading your fund transfer into an ATM MASTER
CARD for delivery. Which in all case not meeting up with our delivery
service. Once again we apologize Note that you have a registered ATM
VISA CARD of ($7.500.000.00 USD)to be delivered to you by, FedEX
Company. Having review all the obstacles and problems surrounding the
transfer of your ($7.500,000.00USD) Seven Million Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars, We the Board of Directors (United Bank
Of Africa Plc) ordered our Foreign Payment Remittance Unit to issue
you a CORPORATE VISA CARD where your payment was uploaded few days
Immediately we got your Payment uploaded into CORPORATE VISA CARD, we
ordered for the delivery of your ATM VISA CARD via FedEX CourieCompany
Contact us immediately with your current details and delivery address
as stated below:
YOUR FULL NAME:â¦â¦â¦â¦.
YOUR HOUSE ADDRESS:â¦â¦â¦â¦
YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER:â¦
YOUR ID CARD IF ANY:â¦â¦â¦â¦
Your Shiment Code: #AXIB 131ZXR,
Your Package Registration No;#Eg2272,
Security code No: #01721457
PIN number No #2424
They will proceed immediately to your Home Address as soon as we
receives your current delivery details.Note. your ATM visa card
withdrawing access PIN number is (2424) take note, once you receive
the ATM card take it to any ATM teller machine or POS cash point
around your area and slot the card and enter the PIN number (2424) to
activate and start withdrawing thereafter, or you can ask your
delivery agent to activate the ATM card for you before leaving. Make
sure you enter the 4 digit code yourself for security reason. Finally,
be informed that we left an instruction to your delivery agent
FedEx,for urgent delivery of your ATM Visa Card,immediately you
forward us the required information, feel free to get in touch with us today.
Mr Kennedy Uzoka
Call phone +2347069383279
General Managing Director/ CEO of UBA