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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:
- "(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. )
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- 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: "Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu." <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Jun 2019 14:17:36 -0500
Subject: CONTACT THE PROCESSING OFFICER FOR REGISTRATION.
Congratulations your name appeared among the 100 lucky beneficiaries who will receive a compensation of USd $ 10.5 Million, we have made arrangement to register an Online Banking through our Global Bank, where you will have full access to your Online Banking Account Fund, Also allow you to transfer your fund personally to your Private Bank Account with no complication of things or questioning as the Account will be fully registered in your Name.
So feel free to contact the processing officer MR WILLIAMS OKAFOR. The online Banking Processing have been made much easier for you to transfer your fund to your private Bank Account personally, to avoid any delay or complication of things. With this Online Banking Transfer Processing, you can only transfer the Maximum Amount of US $ 1,000.000 daily/ installmentally until the total amount of your Compensated deposited fund is transferred and completely paid to you and also if you choose to receive your payment VIA ATM CARD its is still accepted so you get back to him with your prefered option.
CONTACT PERSON: MR WILLIAMS OKAFOR
CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
CELL PHONE: +234 701-168-5894
Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu
CHAIRMAN ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIME
COMMISSION (EFCC) FOREIGN OPERATIONS DEPT.