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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:
- "dearest one," (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Beavogui" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 1999 16:42:43 +0300
Subject: From: Lansana Beavogui. Orphanage Home Camp
From: Lansana Beavogui
Reform Church Of God
Cote d Ivoire
Good day. my name is From: Lansana Beavogui 19years orphan and an adapted child being that I was send away by the family members when my step parents died. I am happy to contact you after reading your profile. I am contacting you now on trust to save me from danger of loosing my life and the little wealth I inherited from my parents Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Beavogui before they died.
Presently I am in the Reform Church of God Orphanage Home where I ran to save my life. The fund is in the bank Custody and I secured the documents here the amount is 4,500,000 USD. The bank is ready to transfer the fund to my appointed trustee. The bank manager said that it will cost little money to obtain a legal change of ownership to your name and they will transfer the money.
For the sake of God, help me to receive and invest this fund in your Country. please send me mail or call me so that I will give you details of how you will contact the bank and help me to come over to your country to invest and continue my school. I wait for your reply Email:email@example.com
May God bless you.
From: Lansana Beavogui