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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:
- "trunk box" (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)
- "hundred thousand 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:44:33 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: [SFMU] INQUIRY CONFIDENTIAL
I am contacting you to Partner with me in the transfer of the Sum of FIFTEEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS and investment of the fund in your country under your management and control for our mutual interest.
I am Mr. Bakur Coulibaly, a domestic Assistant to Mme Simone Gbagbo, the wife of ex-president of Republic of Cote DIvoire. I personally accompanied her to the security company on the day she deposited (1) Trunk Box that contains the fund for safe keeping and she declared the content of the Trunk Box as valuables belonging to her foreign partner.
Due to the recent change of government in my country, my boss is currently under house arrest with her husband, the ex-President Laurent Gbagbo. My boss does not know my where about and all my effort to claim the trunk proves abortive because the security company can only release it to the foreign partner of Mme Simone Gbagbo.
I want to tell you that I have all the information on good authority that the security company requires to release the Trunk Box that contains the fund to you if I present you to be the foreign partner of my former boss.
Procedure of execution: we have 2 options to achieve success; I will detail you only if you are interested in our partnership.
Send me your contact details in your reply and I will call you.
You can see details from this info http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14477842
I look forward to do business with you.
Mr. Bakur Coulibaly.