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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:
- "million united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- ",000,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "very confidential" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "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.
- 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; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
Subject: FROM KENNY WILLIAMS.
FROM KENNY WILLIAMS.
ABIDJAN, COTE D' IVOIRE. WEST AFRICA.
MY NAME IS KENNY WILLIAMS NATIONALITY SIERRA LEONE. I AM 22YEARS OLD STUDYING MARKETING BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN THE UNIVERSITY.
I LOST MY FATHER YEARS BACK HE DIED DURING THE POLITICAL CRISIS IN MY COUNTRY. MY LATE FATHER WAS ONE OF THE DIRECTORS UNDER TIJAN KABBAH GOVERNMENT. MY SISTER JULEIT IS 18 YEARS. WE ARE LIVING IN COTE D'IVOIRE SINCE PAST SIX MONTH. IT IS MY DESIRE TO WRITE FROM MY HEART HOPING THAT YOU WILL NOT BETRAY US. MY FATHER DIVERTED SOME HUGE SOME OF MONEY WHICH HE DEPOSITED IN THE BANK HERE IN ABIDJAN WHEN HE WAS ALIVE. IN FACT IN A BRIEF INTRODUCTION ALL THE INFORMATION WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU WHEN I HEAR FROM YOU.
THIS MONEY TOTALING IS US$ 9,000,000.00( NINE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ) NOW WE ARE SEEKING FOR A TRUSTED PERSON WHO WILL RECEIVE THIS MONEY INTO HIS/HER ACCOUNT FOR ONWARD INVESTMENT. HOWEVER, WHAT WE NEEDED FROM YOU IS YOUR GOOD ASSISTANCE IN HELPING US TRANSFERRING THE SAID SUM TO YOUR ACCOUNT SINCE WE ARE INEXPERENCED IN THE WORLD OF BUSINESS, THAT'S THE REASON WHY WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT. ALL DOCUMENTS CONCERNING THE DEPOSIT MAY BE GIVEN TO YOU FOR YOUR VERIFICATION.
WE REALLY NEED TO MOVE THE FUND OUT OF AFRICA TO ABROAD. I AND MY SISTER HAVE DECIDED TO GIVE YOU 15% OF THE TOTAL SUM FOR YOUR KIND ASSISTANCE AND 3% WILL BE ALSO MAPPED OUT SETTLE FOR ANY EXPENCES YOU MAKE IN THIS TRANSFER.
YOU KNOW THE WORLD IS FULL OF BAD PEOPLE SO PLEASE I WANT YOU TO KEEP THIS TRANSACTION VERY CONFIDENTIAL CONSIDER THAT THIS IS MONEY AND HOW THE MONEY WAS GOTTEN. IT IS INHERITANCE AND LAST HOPE.
CONTACT ME HERE FOR MORE DETAILS:EMAIL:(email@example.com)
OUR BEST REGARDS,
KENNY AND JULIET WILLIAMS.