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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:
- "hundred thousand 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)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2009 09:28:54 -0430
Subject: Good Day,
My name is Miss Corine Mayer,the only daugther of late
Mr.and Mrs George Mayer, of the blessed memory My father was a very wealthy
cocoa merchant in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast, my father
was poisoned to death by his business associates in one of their outings on
a business trip.
My mother died when I was a baby and since
then, my father took me so special.
Before the death of my father on
jenuary 2003 in a private hospital here in Abidjan, he secretly called me
on his bedside and told me that he has the sum of Six Million Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars(6,500, 000) left in a fixed/suspense account
in one of the prime banks here in Abidjan, that he used my name as his only
dauther karine as the next of kin in depositing the fund.
also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was
poisoned by his business associates, That I should seek for a foreign
partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use
it for investment purpose such as real estate management or hotel
I am honourably seeking your assistance in the
1) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only
2) 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
Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total
sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of
this fund into your nominated account overseas and 10% for
Furthermore, you indicate your options towards
assisting meas I believe that this transaction would be concluded within
fourteen (14) days you signify interest to assist
Anticipating to hear from you soon.
and God bless!
MISS Corine Mayer