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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:
- "economic and financial crimes commission" (This name is often mentioned in money recovery scams (re-scam): the real EFCC does not contact victims to offer to get their money back because that is near impossible. )
- "(efcc)" (This name is often mentioned in money recovery scams (re-scam): the real EFCC does not contact victims to offer to get their money back because that is near impossible. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Bitrus Yakubu" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:00:01 +0800
Subject: Can I Trust You With This?
From Mr. Bitrus Yakubu
I am Mr. Bitrus Yakubu, a younger brother to Dr. Andrew Yakubu, the troubled former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
After the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) busted one of our family house apartment in February 2017 to discover over $10 million USD cash inside the house belonging to my brother, my elder brother gave me a security connection that moved another 12 million Euro to Europe for safe keep.
I am contacting you now in confidence and trust that you will keep this information secret and assist to receive the fund from a security custody in Europe for an investment purpose.
So if you are able and trusted to receive this fund, then get back to me urgently with your full name and telephone number for proper information. But if not interested, then please delete this message and do not worry to reply me.
You can read more info below;
http://sunnewsonline.com/how- we-recovered-9-8million-from- yakubu-ex-nnpc-gmd-efcc/
I await your response,
Mr. Bitrus Yakubu