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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "abidjan" (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.
Fraud email example:
Subject: whot do your says
I AM JOY JOHN ABU FROM ABIDJAN COTE D IVORIE THE WIFE OF LATE INNCENT ABU WHO DIED IN THE HIT OF WAR, I AM CONTACTING YOU IN CONNECTION WITH $35M U.S DOLLARS HE DEPOISTED WITH A BANK IN ABIDJAN WHICH HE DEPOSITED AS FORIEGN PARTNER, PLEASE COULD YOU HELP IN STANDING AS A FORIEGN PARTNER SO THAT THE MONEY WILL TRANSFERED TO YOUR ACCOUNT WHILE I JOIN YOU IN YOUR COUNTRY FOR RESETTLEMENT AND START A NEW LIFE.
PLEASE FOR THE CONDITION OF ME AND WHERE AM STAYING I CAN NOT DO THIS MY SELF, SO IF YOU ARE INTRESTED I WILL GIVE YOU THE FULL NAME E-MAIL/PHONE CONTACTS OF THE BANK FOR YOU TO CONTACT THEM AND TELL THEM THAT YOUR ARE MY LATE HUSBAND FORIENG BUSINESS PARTNER I WILL GIVE YOU 10 PARCENT OF THE TOTAL FUND IF YOU CAN HELP ME PLEASE SIR VERIFY ABOUT MY CONTRY IN WWW.ABIDJAN.NET AND SEE WHOT GOING HEAR IN MY CONTRY THANKS I BEG TO STOP SO FAR TILL YOU REPLY
THANKS AND REMAIN BLESS.
JOY JOHN ABU