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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.
- 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. )
- 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)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:29:07 -0800
Subject: ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION.
Congratulations your name appeared among the 100 lucky beneficiaries who will receive a compensation of USD $ 10.5 Million, The United Nations Anti-crime commission and the United State Government have ordered the money recovered from the Scammers to be shared among 100 Lucky people around the globe.Since your name was displayed among the 100 lucky beneficiaries who will receive a compensation of USD $ 10.5 Million, we have made arrangement to register an Online Banking System through our Global Bank, where you will have full access to your Online Banking Account, 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. Feel free to contact the account processing officer Mr. kelvin frank for the Online Banking Registration Processing.
With this Online Banking Transfer Process, you can only transfer the Maximum Amount of $500.000.00 USD daily / Installmentally until the total amount of your Compensated / deposited fund is transferred and completely paid to you and also if you choose to recieve your payment VIA ATM CARD it is still accepted so you get back to him with your prefered option/choice of payment.
You are hereby advice to contact the account processing officer Mr. kelvin frank with your provided information required for verification below.
CONTACT PERSON: Mr. kelvin frank
CONTACT EMAIL address:firstname.lastname@example.org
Provide the information below to enable the procession of your Online Banking Account for deposition of your total compensated fund.
1) YOUR FULL NAME.
2) YOUR ADDRESS.
3) YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER.
4) YOUR OCCUPATION
5) YOUR IDENTITY.
Contact Mr. kelvin frank with the information required for verification to enable him start the procession of your Online Banking Account Registration. We guarantee your safety and wish you all the best of luck.
Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu
CHAIRMAN ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIME
COMMISSION (EFCC)FOREIGN OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT.