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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:
- "farida waziri" (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: " EFCC NIGERIA OFFICE" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 13:22:50 +0100
Subject: BECAREFUL OF SCAMMERS
BECAREFUL OF SCAMMERS
I am Mrs. Farida Waziri,Chairman of Economic and Investigation Office E .f.c.c Nigeria,there is presently a counter claims on your funds by one Mrs Linda Watkins, who is presently trying to make us believe that you are dead and even explained that you entered into an agreement with him, to help you in receiving your fund.So here comes the big question.Did you sign any Deed of Assignment in favor of (Mrs Linda Watkins). thereby making him the current beneficiary with his following account details:
Mrs Linda Watkins,
B/NAME:Bank Of America,
ADDRESS: North Carolina,
we shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said Mrs Linda Watkins,Please you are been Advice to contact this email address:email@example.com
Mrs. Farida Waziri