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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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- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:13:38 -0430
Subject: Hi, Good Morning.
Hi, Good Morning.
I know this
revelation will keep you wondering why should I trust you with this
informations I am about to reveal to you or if what I am saying is the
truth especially with the high level of scam mails going around all over
the internet, please I need you to trust and believe me if you can. I need
you to make out time to read this mail attentively in order to understand
the reason I am sending you this mail.
I am Johnny Williams, 20
years of age, the only child of my parents, Mr and Mrs David
Williams , My parents were Natives of Ivory Coast before they
migrated to the United States when I was just 4 year old. We lived at No
215 West Wieuca Road Northeast Atlanta, Georgia USA and I attended the
famous Frederick Douglass High School northwest Atlanta, Georgia USA, but
when my mother fell sick and died June 2001, My father became weak every
day and later he fall sick, I believe it was the shock of my mum's sudden
death that deteriorated his health.. He got retired from his office,
Fidelity National Insurance Company at No 200 Galleria Parkway Southeast
Atlanta GA 30339 USA October 2004, from there we moved to New York City
because of my dad medication.
Then December 2005 my father called
me and told that he doesn't want to die in a foreign land. That he has made
enough money, that he felt the best thing for him to do now is for us to
relocate back to his home country of COTE D'lVOIRE so that he can set up
his own Insurance company and give job opportunities to his people and he
also told me that he want me to learn about his people and their culture.
On the 14 of December 2005 we returned back to COTE D'lVOIRE.
Then after some time my dad started to
look for properties to buy to use for an office, in several occasions I
went out with him to inspect some properties. But unfortunately on the 22nd
of February 2006 my father collapsed and later died.
Why am telling you all this because now
my life in danger and well know that your stranger which you can help me
out!!! The reason I am telling you and revealing to you my family's secret
because my late dad's burial is over and my Uncle is searching every where
looking for bank documents that my father used in depositing all his money
in the bank when his sickness became serious..
But he doesn't know that I have hide the
documents in a safe place outside the house where he can not find them
based on my late father's advice on his sick bed before his death. This
secret has been in my mind for close to a years now and I don't even know
who to tell because I need someone to help me receive this money in a
foreign account to enable me leave here peacefully. This is the reason I
make contact with you to help me received the money. That mean you will
provide an account where the money will be transfer into then I will take
the next available flight to join you once you confirm to me that you have
received the money in your account.. I have thought about it and I came to
the conclusion that this is the only way I can get the money transfer out
of here without my uncle knowing about it.
If you have the fear of
God Almighty and believe that you can help me please respond to this mail
include with your direct telephone number and also try to call me for more
I want you to know that I passed by so many people and
many profile before I came in contact with your contact info and when I
did, my heart and the spirit of God dwelling inside me asked me to confide
and trust you.
Please get back to me ASAP, Reply to this email (
God bless you as I look forward
in meeting you soon!!!