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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:
- "you are advise to" (this email uses bad English)
- "economic and financial crime commission" (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. )
- "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 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.
- +2348028464447 (Nigeria, prepaid mobile phone)
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Farida Waziri Mzamber" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2009 13:46:33 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: WHY ARE YOU DEALING WITH THE WRONG OFFICIAL?
MY NAME IS MRS.FARIDA WAZIRI MZAMBER THE NEW ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION CHAIRPERSON IN NIGERIA,I HEREBY WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT,ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION, UNITED NATION ECONOMIC FOR EUROPE,EUROPEAN UNION,RESERVE BANK OF INDIAN,AFRICAN UNION FINANCIAL REGULATORY OFFICE (AUFRO) HEARD A MEETING ABOUT THE IMPOSTER AND SCAMMERS AROUND THE WORLD AND WE HAVE A LOT OF THEM HERE IN JAIL.I HEREBY WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT,IF YOU HAVE BEEN SCAMMED BEFORE OR YOUR FUND IS PENDING,YOU ARE ADVISE TO CONTACT ME THROUGH MY EMAIL ADDRESS OR TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO GET YOUR FUND RELEASE.
MRS.FARIDA WAZIRI MZAMBER