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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:
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "your humble assistance" (a common phrase found 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: Adama Abdul <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 05:37:26 -0800 (PST)
Good afternoon to you, l deem it fit to contact you today based on your profile which l saw today in my private search, when l was looking for some one who l will in-trust my future living under his/her care for a better living of mine, please bear with me i will really like to have a good relationship with you, and i have a special reason why i decided to contact you, I decided to contact you based on the urgency of my situation here today.
My name is Adama Abdul . l am a single lady, of 23 years old, the daughter of Late Mr. Abdul camara, my late father was a successful business man during his day's, it is sad for me to inform you that l lost my father in a motor accident on the 14th of November, 2006. during the time he was returning from a business trip from Jackson, Michigan to Ohio (USA), dear, after four months l lost my beloved father, his second wife killed my mother so that she and his children will inherit all what my father left for
all of us.
Meanwhile after my fathers second wife poisoned my mother to death, I wanted to escape to any where l can be accepted since she's also after my own life and no where is safe for me to stay with her and his children, but she went and hid away my international passport and other valuable traveling documents which I'm suppose to travel with.
luckily for me as God have his own plans for my life, she couldn't discover where I kept my fathers file which contains important documents of his deposited money of US$2,800,000.00.which my father used my name to deposit with one of the leading financial bank.
So after then, since l have no where to run to, I decided to run to the refugee camp here, where l am today by the grace of God,presently seeking asylum under the United Nations High Commission for the Refugees and Now I am out seeking for your humble assistance for a long term business relationship between us in your Country which l would like you to invest my inherited money for me in any lucrative moving business in your country for my future living under your care and control.
However, l wish to stop here for now as l have no much time to explain all the details to you as l wish, but please dear, as soon as l hear from you soon showing your interest and acceptance to assist me as l really need your
help to me now and l am waiting so that l shall send you my pictures and forward all vital information's to you for your confirmation to help me out.