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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:
- "% will be for you" (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 orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: cicilia sabatha <email@example.com>
Reply-To: cicilia sabatha <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:45:51 +0900 (JST)
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I have the believe that you are a reputable and responsible trustworthy person I can do business with i strongly believe After my prayers to search for a partner who can help me invest this fund until i am capable to control it. and by matter of
trust I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business.
I am Miss Cecilia Sabatha 21 years of age the only daughter of late Mr Dawson Sabatha from Ivory Coast whom died in a motor accident with my mother on their way coming back from the northern part of our country.After the death of my parent my uncles team together to claim all the properties belonging to my late father and drive me out of my father s home just because i am a little girl and according to our tradition a woman has no place in the family .I am contacting you based on trust i have already developed in you believing that you are not going to treat me like my uncles. Before the death of my father he told me that he has a sum of US$6.200,00. Six Million Two Hundred Dollars only united states dollars) deposited in one of the reputable bank here in our country Ivory Coast in my name as the next of kin,
Dear, in the capacity of the next of kin and with all the documents in my hand now, I am contacting you with due sense of humanity that you will give it a sympathetic and mutual consideration.I am Honorable seeking your assistance in the following ways.
(1)To serve as the guardian of this fund and to help me transfer it to
your bank account in your country for a good investment.
(2)To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further
my education and to secure a residential permit for me in your
(3)To provide good investment plans for the fund and to manage the fund for 5 years, during the investment period,only our profit will be shared annually 50% for me the investor while 50% will be for you the fund manager annually.Moreover, I am willing to offer you 30 % of the total sum as compensation for your effort /input after the successful transfer of this fund to your nominated account overseas,furthermore,you can indicate your option towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within a stipulated period of time you signify your interest to assist me.
Anticipating hearing from you immediately.
Thanks and God bless.
Miss Cecilia Sabatha.