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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:
- "death certificate" (this phrase is often used in inheritance scams such as next of kin or http://www.419scam.org/419-murdered-businessman.htm">orphan scams. )
- This email message is a orphan scam.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: Tina James <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2010 00:31:37 -0800 (PST)
Subject: FULL LIFE STORY
am more than happy in your reply to my mail this morning, How are you
today hope all is well and fine? Mine is a little bit hot over here in
Dakar Senegal. Just like i told you in my first mail that i'm from
ivory-coast, But due to the war in my country that cost the dead of my
father and my mother which made me to stay here as a refugee. My
condition here is terrible Its just like one staying in the prison and
i hope by Gods grace i will come out from here soon. I don't have any
relatives now whom i can go to all our relatives ran away in the middle
of the war the only person i have now is (Rev Father Paul Johnson). who
is the pastor of the (Christ the king
Churches) here in the camp, He has been very nice to me since i came
here but i am not living with him rather i'm leaving in the women
hostel (in the camp) because here they have two hostels one for the men
the other for women.The Pastor's Tel number is ( +221-76 56 89 470
) if you call please tell him that you want to speak with me he will
send for me in the hostel, because of my condition here i don't have
any right or privileged to any thing being it money or whatever
because it is against the law of this country. I want to go back to my
studies because i only attended my first year before the tragic
incident that lead to my being in this situation now took place. Please
listen to this,
I have my late father's statement of account and death certificate (as
his next of kin) here with me which i will send to you later, Because
when he was alive he deposited some amount of money in a leading bank
in United kingdom which he used my name as the next of kin, The amount
in question is $7.5m(Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) So
what i need from you is for you to see that this money is transferred
to a good account
and also to make an arrangement on how i will come over and stay with
you and continue my life and education. My choosing you is a question i
knew you must ask and i think it is a good question. I have two reasons
for choosing you, i choose you because it is the will of God.
And i believe knowing you will bring hope back again to my life. My
choosing you does not mean i do not have anybody from Africa. I have
two uncles that is my late father's junior brothers whom i think are
suppose to be taking care of me but they do not care, All they did was
to sell one of my late father's houses and company to one Mr Olson
Steven from united states and enjoy the money with their wives. I
wanted to tell Olson
about it but should my uncles know of the money they can kill me ,So as
to eat the money, It was as if my father saw their deed because he told
the implication of having a big money in Africa and that was the reason
while he made the deposit in Scotland. The day i wrote you first, I
picked up three address from a dating site and i prayed over it with my
Rev,father. He brought a pieces of paper and wrote the three email
address in it and fold it, He ask me to pick one and i picked your
email address then i decided to write you and i also believe that it is
the will of God.
However you can call me with the reverend office phone line, My
favorite language is English but our official language is French, I
speak English very fluently because i attended an American and English
speaking private school
in my country for almost all my school, please try to call me as
requested so that we can hear each other voices, I have a lot to tell
you, I will be thinking about you so much as i will be waiting to hear
from you soonest,
Have a very wonderful day,