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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:
- "inheritance funds" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- "waiting for your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2023 13:29:55 +0100
Subject: PAYMENT APPROVAL/REMITTANCE
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA PLC
HEAD OFFICE: UBA HOUSE
57 MARINA, LAGOS-NIGERIA.
Office Tel: + 234 9063946517
Our Ref: UBA/FGN/CP/2911/001/DP/01023
We are obliged to inform you that we have received an Inward
Remittance Order from Federal Government of Nigeria and the Federal
Ministry of Finance instructing us to contact you and remit your
Contract / Inheritance Funds into your Bank Account.
However, handling this transfer without extreme and vivid carefulness
following the high rate and voluminous frauds going on here and there
under this dispensation, based on that we can not remit this funds
immediately without first contacting you to find out the following
security oriented information vis: Your Name, Your full Bank Details,
your Phone and Fax Number,
The Amount US$20.5 Million(Twenty Million Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars)will be wire immediately into your account, The moment
this information is received, we will compare it with what we have in
our Central Computer Aki-Room/System here, if it cumbrance with your
given information, we will immediately wire your Contract /
Inheritance Funds swiftly into your account.
Please you are advised to comply with these directives immediately as
to enable us include your File in our Payment Master List (PML) which
has been approved for Immediate / Final Remittance for this First
quarter of this year, 2023.
Waiting for your urgent response on the above Phone, Fax Number
CALL ME URGENT ON THIS NUMBER + 234 9063946517
Regards and God bless you.
Mr. Phillips Oduoza
GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR
UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA