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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Yahoo, Japan; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Dan Kone <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 06:27:54 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE
Hi, Good Morning.
I know this revelation will keep you wondering why should I trust you with this informations I am about to reveal to you or if what I am saying is the truth especially with the high level of scam mails going around all over the internet, please I need you to trust and believe me if you can. I need you to make out time to read this mail attentively to be able to understand the reason I am sending you this mail.
I am Daniel, 20 years of age, the only child of my parents, Mr and Mrs Ernest kone, My parents were Natives of Ivory Coast before they migrated to the United States when I was just 4 year old. We lived at No 215 West Wieuca Road Northeast Atlanta, Georgia USA and I attended the famous Frederick Douglass High School northwest Atlanta, Georgia USA, but when my mother fell sick and died June 2001, My father became weak every day and then he will fall sick, I believe it was the shock of my mum's sudden death that deteriorated his health. He got retired from his office, Fidelity National Insurance Company at No 200 Galleria Parkway Southeast Atlanta GA 30339 USA October 2004, from there we moved to New York City because of my dad medication.
Then December 2005 my father called me and told that he doesn't want to die in a foreign land. That he has made enough money, that he felt the best thing for him to do now is for us to relocate back to his home country of Cote d'Ivoire so that he can set up his own Insurance company and give job opportunities to his people and he also told me that he want me to learn about his people and their culture. On the 14 of December 2005 we returned back to Cote d'Ivoire.
Then after some time my dad started to look for properties to buy to use for an office, in several occasions I went out with him to inspect some properties. But unfortunately on the 22nd of February 2006 my father collapsed and later died.
Why am I telling you all this a total stranger you may ask!!! The reason I am telling you and revealing to you my family's secret is because my late dad's burial is over and my uncle is searching every where looking for my bank documents that my father used in depositing all his money in the bank when his sickness became serious..
But he doesn't know that I have hide the documents in a safe place outside the house where he can not find them based on my late father's advice on his sick bed before his death. This secret has been in my mind for close to a year now and I don't even know who to tell because I need someone to help me receive this money in a foreign account to enable me leave here peacefully. This is the reason I make contact with you to help me received the money. That mean you will provide an account where the money will be transfer into then I will take the next available flight to join you once you confirm to me that you have received the money in your account.. I have thought about it and I came to the conclusion that, this is the only way I can get the money transfer out of here without my uncle knowing about it.
If you have the fear of God and believe that you can help me please respond to this mail and include with it your telephone number to enable me give you a call please.
I want you to know that I passed by so many people and many profile before I came in contact with your contact info and when I did, my heart and the spirit of God dwelling inside me asked me to confide and trust you.
please the money that is involved in the bank is($10.500.000)ten million five nundred thousand dollars.With my clean mind i am giving you 20% out of your well doing after assisting me in the transacyion into your account.
Please get back to me ASAP, email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
God bless you as I look forward in meeting you soon!!!