Has someone offered you a huge sum of money or a valuable consignment? It's a 419 or advance fee fraud - find out how they work, and what to do to be safe.
#267 by 4X1X9 Thu Jul 19, 2007 10:44 am
Recovery scams have also been covered here but here's an example of it in action.

A recovery scam is largely aimed at people who have already been victims of a 419 scam in the past. The scammer will impersonate someone who as an individual or a representative of a group is in a position to recover money stolen as a result of a 419 scam or willing to compensate victims.

It is common for Recovery Scammers to pretend to be from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision (EFCC), the very body that was put in place to try and stamp out 419 in Nigeria. The scammer will claim that they will pay out compensation to the victim or return stolen money and sometimes they will claim to have caught the person who scammed them. Of course to release this non-existent compensation you will have to pay a fee of some kind and once again the victim is drained of any money they have. Some request you go over to Nigeria or another country to give evidence against your original scammers they falsely claim to have caught, of course the real reason is to extract more money from the victim by either foul or very foul means.


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My name Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, Director Economic & Frnancial Crimes Commission. Anti Fraud Control(EFCC) A governmental body that checks and control the rising fraudlent activities here in Nigeria,with the assistance of American Secret Services in Nigeria. Well, we would want to inform you that our organization arrested top Nigerian fraudstars they`re arrested inside a bank where they went to cash money sent to them by one of their victim. Luck ran against them when we were contacted by the bank officials, which resulted to their immediate arrest after three years they were declared wanted by the Nigerian government and British government concerning A British man they defrauded six hundred and eighty thousand pounds on the 5th of March 2003. Right now, we have placed them to the police net for more interrogation before theirtrial.

After our interrogation and searching to their houses, we found some documents containing your name and many other people they have transacted business with. They're specialize in using Internet, phone and fax to reap people off their money all over the world by telling their victims that they have huge amount of money they would like him or her to assist them to transfer overseas, on the process, their victim will end up spending thousands of dollars to finalize their proposal. They are not the only people in Nigeria that is into this dirty game but by the grace of Almighty ALLAH our organization will get them all. So if you are dealing with any Nigerians or any of our government officials,you are advice to let us know before it get offhand,this organization is here to help everybody and to protect the good image of this country from all this imposters.

So far, we have recovered ($10,455,000.00) Ten Million,Four hundred and fifty five thousand dollars from them being part of money they defrauded people.We also recovers and returns $4.48m to 86 year old Hong Kong woman which you can check from our sucess story in our official website.

We kindly request that you should tell us what you know more about this people in question, also forward to us the total amount they defrauded you and the way you made the payment to them. Also forward to us your personal telephone and fax numbers forour easy communication. Once we receive all these information, coupled with our on-going investigation, we will quickly return back to you all the money defrauded, according to the constitution and rules and regulation guiding the (EFCC) Nigerian Anti Fraud Control. Respond immediately after reading this mail because we still have more people attending to.
Mr.Nuhu Ribadu.
yahoo ID : nuhuriibadu
Economic & Frnancial Crimes Commission
www.efccnigeria.org [ NB: This leads to the real EFCC site, the scammers put the link in to try and offer credibility to their story but be assured you are dealing with a scammer ]

As stated above it is common in the Recovery Scam for the perpetrators to pretend to be from the EFCC, however, it is not always the case. Just because you recieve a mail from a different individual or group does not mean the correspondence is legitimate. Here is an example of an non EFCC recovery scam

X-Originating-IP: []
Reply-to: <[email protected]>
From: "prof frank nweke jr" <[email protected]>
Return-Path: [email protected]


This is to bring to your notice that I am delegated from the United Nations to Central bank of Nigeria to pay
100 Nigerian 419 scam victims $1 Million each, you are listed and approved for this payments as one of the scammed victims,get back to as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your $1 Million compensations funds.

On this faithfull recomendations,I want you to know that during the last UN 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 variouse foreigners to the scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today,in other to retain
the good image of the country,the president of the country is now paying 100 victims of this operators $1 Million USD each,Due to the corrupt and inefficient banking systems in
Nigeria,the payments are to be paid by Central bank of Nigeria as corressponding paying bank under fundling assistance by the National westminster bank london.

According to the number of applicants at hand,80 beneficiaries has been paid ,half of the victims are from the United States,we still have more 20 left to be paid the compensations of $1
Million each.
Your particulars was mentioned by one of the syndicates who was arrested in Lagos Nigeria as one of thier victims of the operations,you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him for any reason what so ever,the US secret service is already on trace of the criminal.

For more vital information,please visit:
http://home.rica.net/alphae /419coal/news1jul.htm
[NB: Again the scammers have used a legitimate anti-419 site to try and make themselves look genuine. The 419 Coalition are a legitimate anti-419 group, they are not in any way connected to the person(s) sending this mail]

You can receive your compensations payments via any of the both
options you choose,DRAFT PAYMENTS or WIRE
TRANSFERS,I shall feed you with further modalities as soon as I hear from you.

When we have recieve your responds, we will kindly give you the contact office of the Central Bank Apex, where you are going to Send a copy of your request to enable them start processing your payment immedaitely.
Yours faithfully,

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