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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:
- "million dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- "(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. )
- "(ecowas)" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "cotonou" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: Dr andrew <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Dr andrew <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:16:26 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attention:Email Owner,
I am DR.ANDREW the chairman of ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION (EFCC). EFCC in alliance with economic community of West African states (ECOWAS) with Head of State Authorities Â here in Benin Republic. We have been working towards the eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Western part of Africa With the help of United States Government and the United Nations.
We have been able to track down so many of this scam artist in various parts of west African countries which includes (NIGERIA,BENIN, TOGO, GHANA CAMEROON AND SENEGAL) and they are all in our custody here in REPUBLIC OF BENIN,
We have been able to recover so much money from these scam artists and have sold all their properties which at the end of it all; we have been able to realized a total of $400.Million. The United Nation 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 while some will go for these people who personally report to our office.
This Email is being directed to you because your Email address was found in one of the scam Artists file and computer hard disk in our custody here in Benin Republic and with the information gathered from this Scam artist, You are therefore being compensated with the total sum $2Million Dollars. We have also arrested all those who claim that they are (barristers, bank officials, and Lottery Agents) who has money for transfer or want you to be the next of kin of such funds which does not exist.
Since your Email appeared among the lucky beneficiaries who will receive a compensation of US$2 Million, we have made arrangement to be legally transferred directly to Â you Via BOA Bank Of African Online , where you will have full access to your Online Banking Account Fund, to transfer your fund personally to your Private Bank Account with no complication of things or questioning as the Account will be Â registered in your Name.
Feel free to contact the the Agent in-charge MR tony.Benjamin,.The online Banking is made much easy for you to transfer your fund to your private Bank Account personally, to avoid any delay or complication of things. With this Online Banking Transfer Processing, you can only transfer the Maximum Amount of US$500.000.00 daily/ until the total amount of your Compensated/deposited fund is transferred and completely paid to you.
The total amount for everything is $175 we have tried our possible best to Indicate that this $175 should be deducted from your FUND but we Found out that the funds have already been deposited and cannot be Accessed by anyone apart from you the owner, therefore you will be required To pay the required fee's to the Agent in-charge of this transaction.
In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact The agent in-charge (MR tony.Benjamin) via e-mail Kindly look below to find Appropriate contact information: So you are advice to contact, the Agent in-charge Â Mr tony.Benjamin, with your provided informationâs required for verification below.
CONTACT:PERSON: Mr tony.BenjaminBANK OF AFRICA - BENIN.REPUBLICMain Branch Office for Online BankingAddress: 55 BP 991 Cotonou Benin Republic.private Email:firstname.lastname@example.orgEmail: email@example.comTel: +229 990 332 80
Contact MR tony.Benjamin, with the information required for verification to enable him start the processing of your Online Banking Account Registration.We guarantee your safety and wish you the best of luck.
Â Best Regard, DR.ANDREWÂ CHAIRMAN ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSIONÂ (EFCC) FOREIGN OPERATIONS DEPT BENIN REPUBLIC