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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.
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Fraud email example:
From: "NIGERIA GOVERNMENT" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 04:46:14 -0700
Subject: SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATION FOR 2007/2008.
FROM THE DESK OF CHIEF MRS JOY OGWU..
NIGERIA'S FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA (FMF)
SUBJECT: SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATION FOR 2007/2008.
ECOBANK NIGERIA PLC/ UNITED NATIONS 2007/2008 SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATIONS
SCAMMED VICTIM/$825,000 BENEFICIARIES.
REF/PAYMENTS CODE: 06654.
AMOUNT $825,000 USD.
I write to bring to your notice that I am the Nigerian new foreign affairs
minister and an official delegate from the United Nations To ECOBANK NIGERIA
PLC to pay 150 Nigerian 419 scam victims $825,000 USD (Eight Hundred Twenty
Five Thousand Dollars) each. You are listed and approved for this payment as
one of the beneficiaries to be paid this amount as compensation.
As a result of this laudable recommendation, it is imperative to bring to
your notice that during the last U.N. meetings held at Abuja, Nigeria, it
was alarmed so much by the rest of the world in the meetings on the lose of
funds by various foreigners to the scams artists operating in syndicates all
over the world today. In other to redeem the good image of my country, the
New President has ordered the payment of $825,000 USD each to the affected
victims in pursuance with the U.N. recommendations.
Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in Nigeria, the payments
are to be made by THE LLOYDS TSB BANK PLC, London and the ECOBANK NIGERIA
PLC. According to the number of applicants at hand, 114 Beneficiaries has
been paid, 60% of the victims are from the United States, while about 40%
are from other parts of the world.
We still have more than 30% left to be paid the compensations of $825,000
USD each. Your particulars was mentioned by one of the Syndicates who was
arrested in Lagos, Nigeria as one of their victims of the operations, you
are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him for
any reason what so ever as the new Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC) (Motto: No Body is Above the Law) have combined effort with the
United Nation Anti-crime commission to alleviate the plight of these victims
as well as redeeming the image of my dear country.
The U.S. secret service is already on trace of the criminals. Other victims
who have not been contacted can submit their application as well for
scrutiny and possible consideration.
Many Banks, Universal firms, Companies and individuals have been in
bankruptcy today due to the activities of these hoodlums. However, a
thorough investigation have revealed that these people have dropped over
500,000 victims across the world, after collecting their money falsely, many
as a result of this have committed suicide, while others are now living in
abject poverty. As regards this ongoing Developmental strive; we have over
600 suspects at hand, 135 in Kirikiri prisons Lagos Nigeria. While many are
awaiting trial, we are still in search of others, who think they are wise,
and hope that you will assist by giving any vital information that could
lead to the apprehension of these hoodlums. You can receive your
compensations payments through Direct bank account transfer or ATM Card.
Note: this system of payment to (Direct bank account transfer or ATM Card)
was imposed by the office of the New presidency, in order to avoid all the
unnecessary office procedures, delays in payment, fraudulent activities of
non officials and to comply with the instructions by the United Nations,
International Monetary Fund to settle all outstanding debts owed to foreign
Be also informed that you have been selected among the qualified
beneficiaries who are to receive their fund within 7 days. Therefore, you
are advised to provide immediately copy of your International
Passport/Driver License. Please NOTE that as strictly warned by the office
of the presidency, beneficiaries are to pay C.O.T (Cost of Transfer), and
provide the receipt of Taxes and other DOCUMENTS.
The management of ECOBANK NIGERIA PLC will contact your bank and finalize
with them and send the copy of transfer slip to you.
After their remittance department finalize with your bank so you are
completely free to call +234-80-33894466, or email
Finally, you are advised to re-furnish us with the needed info below for
immediate programming of your Direct bank account transfer or ATM Card
without any further delay. Below are the info to provide:-
(1) Your full name and address:
(2) Your age and marital status:
(3) Your occupation:
(4) Your telephone/fax number:
(5) Your nationality:
(6) Your Int'l Passport/Driver License #:
let us know as soon as possible if you receive this email message to enable
us proceed further in securing the IMF payment approval and Letter of
Authorization on your behalf.
CHIEF MRS JOY OGWU.
NIGERIA'S FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER.