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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:
- "farida mzamber 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.
Fraud email example:
From: "ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 19:23:27 -0400 (AST)
Subject: Attention Beneficiary,
I am MRS FARIDA MZAMBER WAZIRI Chairman from Efcc Investigation Office
Nigeria, there is presently a counter claims on your funds by one MRS
COMFORT PETERS, who is presently trying to make us believe that you are
dead and even explained that you entered into an agreement with her, to
help you in receiving your fund, So here comes the big question. Did you
sign any Deed of Assignment in favor of (MRS COMFORT PETERS).
Thereby making him the current beneficiary with his following account
details: MRS COMFORT PETERS, AC/NUMBER: 6503806547. ROUTING/122879743,
B/NAME:CITI BANK, ADDRESS:NEW YORK,USA, we shall proceed to issue all
payments details to the said Mrs. Comfort Peters.If we do not hear from
you within the next two working days from today.
Thanks MRS FARIDA MZAMBER WAZIRI,
Chairman Efcc Investigation Office Nigeria.