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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:
- "dearest one," (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "any lucrative business in your country" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million us 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)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Adams <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 17:11:07 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From: Susan Adams
My Dearest One,
It is my pleasure to write you after much consideration since I can not be able to see you face to face at first. I am Susan Adams, Being the only daughter and child of my late father, Dr. Patrick Kona Adams. My late father was a limited liability Cocoa and Gold in my country Cote D'Ivoire
before his untimely death.
On his trip back from South Africa where he went to nagotiate for a new branch of his business , he was assassinated with our mother by his enemies (business colleages). My mother died, instantly, but my father died after five days in the hospital, on that faithful afternoon. I didn't know that
my father was going to leave me after loosing my mother. But before he gave up the ghost, it was as if he knew he was going to die, my father(may his soul rest in perfect peace) he disclose to me that he deposited the sum of $7.5 million US dollars in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan Cote
That the money was meant for his Cocoa and Gold business he wanted to invest in South Africa. he disclosed to me where he kept the documents issued to him by the bank and instructed me to seek for a life time investment abroad.
I have succeeded in locating the bank and confirmed the existence with most honest and confidentiality .
Now I'm asking for your assistance to help me transfer this money out from Abidjan to your account abroad so that we should invest it in any lucrative business in your country because this is my only hope in life. Your handsome reward is negotiable and I promise to compensate you greatly.
Awaiting anxiously to hear from you so that we can discuss the modalities of this transaction. If this proposal is acceptable, please kindly reply me without delay as it requires urgent attention.
Thanks for your kind attention and mutual understanding.
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