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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:
- "monrovia" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "liberia" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Rich Orgaranya" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 23:41:02 -0000 (GMT)
Subject: From Mr Rich Orgaranya
>From Mr Rich Orgaranya
Abidjan Republic of Cote D'Ivoire.West Africa
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship
with you, I got your contact from your country directory, please i need a
trust-worthy person that will help me to transfer this money
I am Rich Orgaranya, the only Son of late Mr and Mrs Bawam Orgaranya. My
father was a very wealthy Gold Merchant in Monrovia the Gold Capital of
republic of Liberia all in west africa my father was poisoned by his
business associates while my mother died when i am little and my father
took me so special because I am his only son.
Before the death of my father on 14th September 2006 in a hospital here in
Cote D'ivoire, he secretly called me and told me that he has the sum of(USD
$15 MILLION FIFTEEN MILLION U.S DOLLARS )which he deposited in a bank here
in Cote D'ivoire.
He also made me understand that it was because of this money he was
poisoned by his business associates while on a business trip with them and
he instructed me to look for a foreign partner who will help me transfer
this money out of this Cote Divoire and invest it for me, my purpose of
contacting you is for you to help transfer this money to your country
before this people who kill my father will kill me too
I'm now hiding in a local place here and I will compensate you with 20% of
this money if you help me to transfer the money to your account l hope you
will not betray the trust i have on you because this money is my only hope
in this life and you will also help me to come over to your country to
continue my education while you will invest my own share of the money for
I can assure you there is No Risk involve the money is an inheritance from
my late father .
I am waiting to hear from you.