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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:
- "ecowas " (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "email@example.com" (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 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 (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 12:29:21 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Financial Reconciliation
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Officer, ECOWAS Bank for
My name is Mr. Michael Chuks, Am the Current Financial Reconciliation Officer to ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) Association, Our unit known as (Wealth Management Team) was set up by the ECOWAS Chancellor of Exchequer "Eco movement" to reunite missing funds/Estates with their respective beneficiaries, Next of Kin or relatives. From the information's gathered here, you are entitled to $10.5 Millions USA Dollars which you may not be aware of
Please get back to me now for further clarification on this material directly to my official email contact at ::
TEL:: +233 2355 188 65
Michael Chuks - Wealth Management Team Leader
Ecowas Bank For Investment And Development