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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:
- "trunk box" (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)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 20:34:10 +0900 (JST)
I am so happy for your good health and life may almighty God be with you as you understand this message. I want to tell you that I really want to bee in relationship with you. Truely we've not met each other before now but it takes one day for two to be together in unity and peaceful life, I'm
Miss Esthelle Kouakou the only child/daughter of late Mrs. Mariette Kouakou. Address: Rue 142 Marcory Abidjan Cote d'ivoire West Africa.
I am 19 years old girl. I lost my parent, and I have an inheritance from my late mother, My parents were very wealthy farmers and cocoa merchant when they were alive, After the death of my father, long ago, my mother was controlling his business until she was poisoned by her business associates
which she suffered and died.
Before the death of my mother on October 2005 in a private hospital here in Coted'ivoire where she was admitted, she secretly called me by her bed side and disclosed to me about one metallick trunk box that contained the sum of Fifteen million five hundred US dollars ($15.5million) she deposited
in one of leading security company here in Abidjan capital city of Cote d'Ivoire.
It was the money she intended to transfer oversea for investment before her sudden death, She also instructed me that I should seek for a foreign partner in any country of my choice who will assist me transfer this money in oversea account where the money will be save and invested wisely, Because
of the current political problem here in Ivory Coast I decided to transfer the money to abroad where it will be save and invested, therefore, I am crying and seeking for your kind assistance in the following ways:
(1) To provide a safe bank account into where the money will be transferred for investment.
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 19 years old.
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit for me in your country.
I have decided to offer you 30% of the total amount for your willingness to help me, Please kindly response to my mail immediately with your full personal information including your picture.
Thanks for your understanding.
Miss Esthelle Kouakou.
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