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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 us 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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "liberia" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Jane Mark <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2010 01:18:58 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Can I completely trust you
Hello my dear,
How are you today?.I believe
that you are doing well by mercy of God.
I am more than happy to read
your mail today,my dear,I am writing this letter with due respect and
sorrowful heart,like I told you in my first mail,
My name is Miss Jane Mark,I
presently live at reu,587 liberte 11 cassamas (refugee camp),Dakar
Senegal as a refugee due to the war that devastated my country.I am 24
years old single girl and I am from Liberia
Africa,i am the
child of my late parents Mr and Mrs. G. Mark
my father was a very wealthy
Cocoa merchant based in Liberia before he was poisoned to death by his
business associates in one of their outings,he really cared for me
because I am motherless.
Before the death of my father
in August 2005 in a private hospital here in Liberia, he secretly
called me on his bedside and told me that he has the sum of three
million, five hundred thousand US dollars (US$3,500,000) left in a
fixed / suspense
account in one of the prime banks , that he
name as his only daughter for the next of kin in depositing the fund.
He also explained to me that
it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business
associates which my uncle master-minded so that he will take over my
father's property because my father has no mail child as the tradition
demands, that in case of death, that I should seek for a foreign
partner in a country of my choice where i can transfer this money and
use it for Investment purposes such as real estate and hotel or into
any lucrative trade business.
I wrote to the bank to claim
the fund but the bank refused to release the fund to me.the bank told me
that my late father left an instructions with the bank that in case of
he dies that i have to attain the age of 27 years before the fund will
be released to me or that i should present guardian who shall receive
the money on my behalf as stipulated in the agreement with the bank.
My dear I am humbly seeking
your assistance in the following ways:
1) To provide a bank account
where this money would be transferred to in your country.
2) To serve as the guardian of
this fund since i am a girl of 24 years and to make an arrangement for
me to come over to your country to further my education after the money
had been transferred.
Moreover, I am willing to
offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort,
i will be wating to hear from
you so that i will forward you the bank contact for you to contact
them,Thank and God bless you protect me.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Sincerely Jane Mark