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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:
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: Chetam Lebee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 12:41:13 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Dear Respectful one,
Dear Respectful one,
Warm greetings to you and your family in good faith. I am aware that this is not a formal approach in starting a relationship, but as time goes on, you will realise the need for my approach. My email to you will come as a surprise since i don't know you in person but if this message comes to you out of your wish, i am very sorry.
I hope that you will read through this email and understand how difficult things can be for someone in a particular period in life, I introduce my self to you with all faith, trust and hope you will understand to assist me not to betray me at the end. My name is master Chetam Lebee ,i am 19 years old now, I am the only surviving son of late chief Gabriel Lebee, one rebel from one part of the government struck our township and killed my parents and my only sister because my father was one of the oppositions to the former president of my country republic of sierra Leone(freetown).
And before his death he has succeeded in saving the sum of (USD $15 MILLION FIFTEEN MILLION U.S DOLLARS ) here in Abidjan the capital of cote d ivoire which i am the next of kin. My dad, has planed to purchase and import some Diamond processing machines and the development of another factory, unfortunately he did not meet his target before his untimely death.
Right now, as a boy i really need your assistant to transfer this money to your country for investment purposes through your directive. Such as Manufacturing and real estate management in your country if there is another good business investment you know we can easily invest the money there this is the most important reason why i contacted you for help. Since security here can not be guaranteed, besides i've lost my family and my father's company was burnt down in that rebel attack. Right now i am in great confusion.
Please i am begging you to do me a favor by standing as my guardian and receiver of the money on my behalf. I have suffered in so much pain since i lost my family my uncle has been after my life because of this money but he did not know exactly where the money was deposited, so i have decided to travel out of this country and invest in your country if you will accept to be my guardian.
I am hiding in a local place here and I will compensate you with 25% of this money if you can help me to transfer the money to your account l hope you will not betray the trust i have on you because this money is my only hope in this life and you will also help me to come over to your country to continue my education while you will invest my own share of the money under your care.
I can assure you there is No Risk involve the money is an inheritance from my late father .
I am waiting to hear from you.
Master Chetam Lebee.