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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:
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "monrovia" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "liberia" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Christian Duke" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2010 06:30:25 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: From Christian Duke
From Christian Duke
Republic of Cote D'Ivoire.West Africa
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you, please i need a
trust-worthy person that will help me to receive this money.
I will like to use this opportunity
to introduce myself to you, I am Christian Duke the only son of Mr and Mrs Duke, i am 20 year old My father
was a very wealthy Gold Merchant in Monrovia the Gold Capital of republic of Liberia in west africa. It is
sad to say that he passed away my steriously.
Though his sudden death was linked or rather
suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his whom he does business with, and my motherdied when i
was little a boy.
Before the death of my father in a hospital here in Cote DIvoire, he secretly
called me and told me that he has the sum of (USD$15,million)United State Dollars left in one of the leading
security company here in Abidjan Cote DIvoire West Africa.
He disguised the real content of the
box as contain family valuables, which means that the security company is not aware of the real content of
the box as contains money rather family valuable.
This he told me that, is for the safety of the
money in the box. Except me and my late father,no one is aware that the box in the security company contains
I am presently staying in a guest house here in Abidjan Cote D,Ivoire, this is because i
have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Cote D, Ivoire. The death
of my father actually brought sorrow to my life.
I'm now hiding in a local place here and
I will compensate you with 20% of this money if you help me to receive this cash box 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 for me.
Please consider this and get back to me as soon as possible for more
Thanks and am waiting for your response.