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Fake Emails from EFCC
A Brief Overview of this Scam
You will receive an email from the EFCC or another official looking organization claiming they found your scammer. They want your cooperation and eventually your money to bring this scammer to justice…this is a scam.
We do realize that when many people are first scammed they want justice. They want the person found and prosecuted. But it does not work that way and anyone who tells you differently are lying through their teeth. So please, do not fall for these claims. These are either scammers who want more money, or these are people who are trying to profit off of everyone's pain
Example of Fake Email
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2007 23:02:43 -0700 (PDT)
From: economic and financial crime commission efcc <efcc_FBI_watchdogs@yahoo.com>
Subject: Strict Warning!
This is Agent Waheed Sola of the ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION a body that is responsible for all financial crime in NIGERIA.
This is a strict warning in respect of the complains launched to our department by one Nancy XXXXX about Mr Thompson Bako who has been parading himself as Dr Spiff Nelson right on the internet with firstname.lastname@example.org he was ran into by the men of the commission in a public cafe while in the act of false pretence to scam innocent person mostly Americans.
Furthermore, our investigation so far has implicated him to be into the so call internet fraud for almost two(2)years now.
Nonetheless, we would appreciate your concern to let us know if you have had anything doing with him because he is in our custody at the moment and might be persecuted if found guilty of the internet fraud because your email address was among those found in his procession during the time of the offence.
We are looking for your response within 24 Hours through this e-mail address or come directly to our office for if there is any complain.
Attached are the pictures found with him,Hope you can recognise them
Agent Waheed Sola
For:ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION(EFCC)
Example of Real Email
From The United States Consulate General
We can often help American citizens who need help getting home. Have the person come to the Consulate any weekday, or call the American Citizen Services direct line at 01.261.1214, and we will do everything we can to help.We have not received word from anyone requesting the kind of help you described.
Unfortunately, the situation you described is one we have heard many times here at the consulate in Lagos. It is possible that it is one of the many e-mail scams originating from Nigeria. There are many such scams involving someone in Nigeria who is in some sort of trouble, ranging from detention to extortion or hospitalization. Inevitably, the sender is making an appeal for money. If this is someone you have not met personally, we urge you not to continue corresponding with whoever sent the message.
For more information on Nigerian e-mail scams, please see this web page.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us any time.
United States Consulate General
Please note, providing any personal information in response to an unsolicited email can compromise your identity and open you to identity theft. If you have experienced this situation please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at www.ic3.gov