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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united states 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)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Kuku Malinga" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 19:25:52 -0000
Subject: From Master Kuku Malinga
My name is Master River kuku Malinga who is at present in Ghana, I am 20 years old and The son of late Kuku Malinga a cocoa farmer and later adviser to Alassane Ouattara winner of the last year presidential election in Cote dIvoire, who died on Tuesday, 23th Dec 2010, after a suspected assassination by on uniformed military man loyal and sent by Laurent Gbagbo. As a matter of fact, I am the only one in the family who knows about the money he deposited in a Security Finance House here in Accra Ghana, He deposited the sum of ($18.5 Million United States dollars).
My late father handed over the documents of this deposit to me before his untimely death, Now as he is dead, I wish to seek for your partnership to assist me to move this money to your country for investment. This is 100% risk free and I will give you 20% of the total amount involve.
If you are interested I will send you the full confidential details of the deposit as a good partner that I can trust to assist me. Can I trust you in this transaction? If you receive this letter, kindly send me an e-mail signifying your interest including your most confidential telephone/fax numbers for quick communication. This business is risk free hence we can perfect it within few days upon your readiness. view the enclose site to see what is going on in my Country. visit www.abidjan.net to see what is going on in my country cote d'Ivoire.
I will compersate you with 20% of the total money if you help me get the money of the security company here in Accra Ghana
River kuku Malinga