This email, which purports to be from the Foreign Operations Department at the Economic & Financial Crime Commission, claims that you have been chosen as the beneficiary of a compensation fund of $2.5 million. It urges you to contact your “processing officer” with your personal details to claim your funds.
But, alas, you have not been awarded any compensation fund and the email is not from the Economic & Financial Crime Commission. In fact, the email is a scam designed to trick you into sending your money and personal information to cyber crooks.
If you receive an email like this one, do not reply. You can read more about these scams here.
An example of the scam email:
Subject: ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION (EFCC) FOREIGN OPERATIONS DEPT, ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION (EFCC) FOREIGN OPERATIONS DEPT, Attn: Beneficiary, I am MR.IBRAHIM MUSTAFA MAGU, the chairman of ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION (EFCC).EFCC in alliance with Economic community of West African states (ECOWAS) with head Office here in Nigeria. 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 in conjunction with FBI INTERNATIONAL. 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, TOGO, GHANA CAMEROUN AND SENEGAL e.t.c) and they are in our custody here in Lagos Nigeria. We have been able to recover so much money from these scam artists. The United Nation Anti-crime commission and the United State Government have ordered the money recovered from these Scammers to be shared among 100 Lucky people around the globe. 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 Nigeria and with the information gardered from this Scam artist, we notice that you have been scammed of so much of your hard earn money and have decided to compensate you with this funds to recover the lost of your fees being robbed. You are therefore being compensated with the total sum $2.5 Million Dollars to be transfered to you personally through an online banking system through our global banking system. We have also arrested all these scam artist who claim that they are Barristers,Bank officials,Lottery Agents who has money for you or want you to be the next of kin of such funds which does not exist. Since your name appeared among the lucky beneficiaries who will receive a compensation of US$2.5 Million, we have made arrangement to register an Online Banking account through our Global Banking system, where you will have full access to your Online Banking Account to transfer your funds personally to your Private Bank Account at your convenient hours daily. Feel free to contact your appointed processing officer Mr. John will. The online Banking account system is made much easier for you to transfer your compensated funds to your private Bank Account personally and instalmetally, with a maximum transfer of $100,000usd daily until your total funds of $2.5million usd is completely paid to you directly. So you are advice to contact, your processing officer Mr. John will with a re-confirmation of your information required for verification below. Provide the information below to enable him start the processing of your Online Banking Account registration for immediate deposition of your total compensated fund to enable transfer. 1)YOUR FULL NAME. 2)YOUR FULL ADDRESS/ COUNTRY. 3)YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER. 4)YOUR OCCUPATION. 5)YOUR IDENTITY. CONTACT PERSON: Mr. John will. CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS:firstname.lastname@example.org PHONE NUMBER:+2349036345178 US DEPARTMENT:(802) 589-0904 Contact. Mr John will. with the above information required for verification to enable him start the processing of your Online Banking Account Registration.` We guarantee you 100% safety and wish you the best of luck. Best Regards, Mr.John Will CHAIRMAN ECONOMIC & FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION (EFCC) FOREIGN OPERATIONS DEPT, LAGOS-NIGERIA
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!