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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)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: MARIAMM KABUNDA <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:41:37 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Hello My Dearest One,
Hello My Dearest One,
>From Miss Mariam Kabunda,
Tatam Guest House,
Av 18 Rue 222 lot 105 Cocody,
Abidjan Ivory Coast,
Hello Dearest One,
Based on your profile i read on , i am happy to write and send this message to you and i hope you will consider and give it a favorably urgent reply through the email addresses above for security reason.
My name is Miss Mariam Nene Kabunda ,a citizen of Repubic Democratic of Congo,and the daughter of the late Engr Michel Kabunda ,who before his death was the Director General & Chairman of the R D C Gold and Diamond Corporations,I hope you are aware of the war that went on in my country for many years.
It was in one of the attacks by the rebels loyal to the rebel leader,General Laurent Kunda,that lead to the killing of my parents ,leaving i and my brother Michel, as the only survival's because we attended my classmate burial ceremony.When we heard of the the killing of our parent's ,we now felt unsafe in the country and we managed to escape into Abidjan/Cote d' Ivoire,through the help of a fishing trawler who operates fishing along the Congo river .
Before the death of my late father he deposited the sum of US$3, 300, 000.00 Million, in of the Prime Bank here in Abidjan the economic capital of Ivory coast for security reason because of his position in the office in Democratic Repulic of Congo , he deposited this money for onward transfer to a foreign account for investment purpose Abroad.
My aim of contacting you is to seek your able assistance as a front in transferring this funds abroad in your designated account in your country for investment purpose.
Please because of the current political situation in this country now ,we are humbly seeking for your able assistance to assist us in transferring this money abroad in your designated account in your country because as refugees here i can not open an account in my name or brother name.
Please we are Sincerely begging you with the name of our Almighty God to assist us in the following ways.............
1)To provide a bank account into which this money would be transferred to.
(2) To serve as a guardian of this money and also help us to invest money wisely in areas you deem lucrative and finally obtain a residential permit for us to stay comfortable .
(3)To Help us to Relocate over to your country for me and my brother continue our
Education because we can not go back to our country and as cote d' Ivoire is now in a serious political turmoil,we therefore wish to travel out of here before the worst happens.
I have agreed with my brother and we are willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this money into your nominated account..
We have also agreed to map out five percent (5%) of the total Sum for any expenses you mighty ocure in this transaction.
I have with me all the documents regarding this deposit and will send it to you together with my identity card,my junior brother identities card and our personal pictures on confirming to us your interest to assist us in this transaction.
I will also like to have your own personal identity because i believe that this will help pave way for us to know each other very well before meeting in person.
We must let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free and in no way connected with any illegal transaction,please we implore you to treat this transaction in all secrecy and confidentiality for our security reasons,for this is our life.
For God sake be merciful to us and help us to get out of this terrible situation and our Almighty God will bless you.
Please do contact us on this our telephone number +22549259940 for more details
May God Bless You In Abundance,
Anticipating to hear from you soon.
Miss Mariam Kabunda