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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:
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- 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: Mr.Kelvin Moore <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2023 00:13:37 -0800
Subject: Online Banking Transfer
Online Banking Transfer
This is to inform you officially that we have verified your payment file this morning and find out the reason you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your funds.
Secondly, we have been informed that you are still dealing with the none officials in the bank and all your attempts to secure the release of your fund are still in vain. We wish to advise you that such an illegal act has to stop if you wish to receive your payment since we have decided to bring a solution to your problems in receiving the funds. This idea is the latest instruction given to this bank by the Federal Ministry of Finance and United Nations Organizations.
I write this message to inform you that your compensation funds of \$ 4,500.00 USD is deposited in United Bank Of Africa (UBA) this morning for wire transfer because bank to bank online wire transfer is best and easier way to receive this fund. to receive your funds through Online Banking Transfer. To receive your funds through online banking, I want you to contact Bank Of Africa (UBA) with below email and forward your banking details information to them.Just Contact the Bank Of Africa (UBA) with below information.
UNITED BANK OF AFRICA (UBA)
Director..Mr Kelvin Moore
Tell .... +2348030749937
Email ... (email@example.com)
You need to reply back with the following information as urgent as possible.
1. Your full name:
2. Phone and fax number:
3. Address: 4.Country:
5. Your age and current occupation: ......
6. A copy of your identity
Once again, you have to stop henceforth your further communication with any other person or office regarding this transaction, this is to avoid any hitch or delay in finalizing your payment. The transfer of your total sum of \$ 4,500.00 will be completed through online banking transfer as soon as possible. Bank Of Africa (UBA) will get back to you and open online bank account for you to transfer your funds to your personal bank account, You will use your hand to transfer any amount you wish to transfer directly to your personal account without any delay. Also note that because of impostors, we hereby issue you our code of conduct, which is UBA-001 you must have to indicate this code while replying back.
I wait for your urgent reply,
Mr Kelvin Moore