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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:
- 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:
- ",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)
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: UBA Relationship officer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2022 11:37:01 +0100
Subject: How are you today dear?
How are you today dear? The fact is that I don't know what else to
explain to you before you can believe me because truth is bitter but i
pray that God will reveal the truth to you so that you will not follow
the advise of wrong person and you should bear it in mind that I
cannot deceive you in any way and I will advise you to be very careful
and think wisely before you make the wrong decision. I am only saying
this because you are our customer. I won't be happy if you fail to
receive this USD$3,500,000.00 just because of bad influence though
the ball is in your court. and Just like I said, you can only receive
your funds through me and no other person and If not that I want to prove
my sincerity to you, I would have stop contacting you so that you will do
whatever you wish to do to yourself but each time I come across your
payment file, I feel restless because I have checked and see that you
have not received anything from your USD$3,500,000.00 ever since you
have been dealing with the issues of your transactions.and I also
believe that you don't know what you are doing to yourself and you are
still confused and that is the reason why I have decided to guide and
protect you from those impostors because they have really brainwashed
you, i am not begging you, it is your life, it is your money, you can
spend it where ever you want to spend it but mark my word, so don't a
mistake that you will regret for the rest of your life time. all those
departments contacting you about your funds will not help you and you
will not receive your funds from them, rather they will
keep on asking you for more fee for no reason simply because they
don't have any funds for you, they are just an impostors, so don't be
deceived again, open your eyes. I am ready to help you to receive
your funds as soon as possible once you give me the opportunity to
help you and the only money it will cost you to receive your funds
without any further delay is $150.
Mrs Mary Marcel
UBA Relationship officer
+229 615 206 30