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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:
- "million united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (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. )
- "abuja" (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.
- 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.
- 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: "MR.IBRAHIM LAMORDE" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2016 07:01:15 -0800
Subject: Attn: Please Read Carefully,
Counter-terrorism Division and Cyber Crime Division.
If you receive this Email as (SPAM BULK) know it error in internet server kindly move to (INBOX).
This is to bring to your notice that the chairman of ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION (EFCC), In alliance with the United Nation Anti-crime commission (UNACC) and the Board of Human affairs UNITED NATIONS with the (FBI) FEDERAL BUREAU INVESTIGATION, have been working towards the eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Western part of Africa With the help of United States Government, United Kingdom and European Government Community.
With great effort, We have been able to track down so many of this scam artist in various parts of west African countries which includes (NIGERIA, REPUBLIC OF BENIN, MALAYSIA, GHANA, DUBAI AND UK.) and they are all in our custody. We have been able to recover so much money from these scam artists. Therefore, the United Nation Anti-crime commission and the United State Government have ordered the money recovered from these Scam Artist to be shared among 100 Lucky emails found amongst the list of these fraud artist.
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. Therefore you are qualified to claim a compensated amount of $2.5 Million United State Dollars authorized by the United Nation.
Since your email appeared among the lucky beneficiaries who will receive this compensation of $2.5 Million United state Dollars, we have arranged your payment through our VISA MASTER card payment center.
Please Feel free to contact the processing officer MR.Saadou Boukani. The VISA MASTER Card has been specially prepared to enable you withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but with a Maximum withdrawal of Ten Thousand United State Dollars Per day.
So you are advised to contact, processing officer MR.Saadou Boukani with your provided information.
CONTACT PERSON: MR.Saadou Boukani
CONTACT ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTACT PHONE NUMBER: +2348137424603
You have to call him as soon as you get this email.
Provide the below information to him for claim of your compensated funds of your $2.5 Million United State Dollars for further processing to be acknowledged in your favor.
1)YOUR FULL NAME.
2)CURRENT HOME ADDRESS.
3)YOUR DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBER.
5)YOUR DATE OF BIRTH/AGE
Note: Disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your Visa Master Card, you are hereby advice only to be in contact with MR.Saadou Boukani, in charge of Visa Master Card center who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your payment and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon it immediately, Help stop cyber crime.
CHAIRMAN ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION
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