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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:
- "your humble assistance" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Janiva <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 21:24:08 +0100 (BST)
Subject: MORGAN AND JENNIFER
MORGAN AND JENNIFER
Dear Respectful One,
Good day to you my dear. Please permmit my introduction, I am communicating with you for the first time for a friendship but i would like to know if you can permit our communication,
Can we be friends please i would like to enquire your advise if you can be of our help, i and my younger Sister wants to invest to your country but we are worried since we lost out the contact of our Father's friend to help us, please permit me to explain this to you, I have a problem and i decided to write you for a help. we have this problem however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will. I had tried all i could to search for my Father's friend , I tried but i failed, I could not do anything to help my situation.
I have plans to invest in your country, like real estate and industrial production. Your profile pushed me to send you this mail, I am Morgan kuma, 22years old from republic of Sierra-Leone in West Africa but living in Cote D' Ivoire and the only Son of Dr Romanus kuma My father was a highly reputable businessmen. It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad on 12th. June.. 2007. Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time.
My mother died at child birth when I was just 13 years old,my imediate and only Sister survived and since then my father took me so special. Before his death last June 2007 he called the driver who accompanied him to the hospital and told him that he has the sum of ($12.300.000..00 Us Dollars) left in the Bank here in this country COTE D IVOIRE for safety. finally he issued a written instruction for me at the hospital before he died, but since i went back to our country my Uncle threathened to kill me because the driver linked the secret to him, I decided and fled the country, right now, I am here with my younger Sister, we need your help.
Now I do not know what to do, I have the documents of the money but my age is depriving me of the claim due to the mandate my Father reached, this was primarily due to his Brother, my Uncle, not to have a claim over the funds which he kept for us.
I am just 22 years old an undergraduate , I am confused, I don't know what to do. This is because I and my Sister have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant crisis in our country. The death of my Father actually brought sorrow to my life.I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.
Now permit me to ask these few questions,
1. Can you honestly help us as your children,
2. Can I completely trust you
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is
in your account
Please, Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.
Thank you so much. My regards to your family,
Morgan and Jennifer