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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found 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: CLARA WHITE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2022 17:15:39 -0700
Subject: GOOD NEWS
How are you over there? I believe you are doing great and with hope
that this mail will meet you in good condition today.
I am privileged and much delighted to reach you again, after all these
while, it takes destiny and courage to remember
good friends like you and at the same time, show gratitude to you
despite unfavorable circumstances that made us separate
and disrupted our transaction, which ultimately did not work out as we
had projected then.
However, the good news is that I'm happy to inform you about my
success in getting the funds with the cooperation of a new
partner from Senegal West Africa to be precise. After our successful
transaction i found it as an obligation and humanity
to show an appreciation and compensation to your great effort so far
before leaving West Africa( Senegal) to Canada with
my partner where we are investing.
I have done my best with this little token of appreciation by securing
a bank draft/cheque in your name worth
($850,000,)Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars) through United
Bank of Africa Dakar Senegal which
acts as the intermediary for the success of the transfer.
Right now, I have submitted a written bank draft/Cheque in your name
under the care of united bank of Africa Du Senegal
Head Office because we lost contact and communication for some period
of time that was the reason i had to go through this
process. Please bear with me as i could not send it directly to you.So
right now they have agreed to transfer it to you
through ATM VISA CARD or Online banking so there will not be any form
of risk involve in the process of the transfer. I
will like you to accept offer this is from the bottom of my heart. You
have to contact them In order to resolve this
problem, ensure that you send an email to Visa Card payment centre
they will issue ATM VISA CARD and send your information
to them following listed.
Your full name.............................
Your phone number..........................
However, kindly contact the below person who is in position to issue
and release your visa card to you.
Contact Person: Mr. Eric Joe,
Director: UBA bank Plc Visa Card Payment Department
Tel: +221 70 913 74 95
The Visa Card payment centre has been mandated to issue out your
payment without any hitches in receiving your payment.
Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of
conduct, which is (VISA CARD-8411) so you have to
indicate this code when contacting the card centre by using it as your subject.
Mrs. Clara White