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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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)
- africa director mr. charles tom via e-mail email@example.com he will give you direction on how you will be receiving (Hotmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: United Bank Of Africa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2023 09:10:45 +0100
Subject: United Bank Of Africa
This is to inform you that after the meeting held in my office
yesterday which consist between the United States Embassy and the
United Nations, African ECO-WAS, we have concluded that you will be
compensated with all the money you have loosed in the hands of
Africans and most especially NIGERIA and BENIN REPUBLIC and OTHERS
COUNTRIES. We have deposited the CHECK of your fund
($10.700`000`00USD) through BANK OF AFRICA, All you will do is to
contact United Bank Of Africa director Mr. Charles Tom via E-mail
Unnitedbannkofaafriiicaa@hotmail.com He will give you direction on how
you will be receiving the funds Through BANK.Remember to send him your
Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,
1. Your Full name........
2. Your home Address.......
3. Your telephone number......
4. A copy of your ID......
5. Your age/sex........
6. Your occupation.....
7. Your country.......
8. Your Whatsapp number.....
Mr. Charles Tom on Whatsapp number Tel:+2349033159305
United Bank Of Africa