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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:
- "consignment " (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)
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "a reliable and reputable person to handle this" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "can i completely trust you?" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "your humble assistance" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Miss Alice Kanga <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 08:35:07 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: From Miss Alice Kanga.
>From Miss Alice Kanga.
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Firstly, I apologize for sending you this sensitive information via e-mail instead of a Certified mail/post-mail.
This is due to urgency and importance of the information. I humbly crave your indulgence to read this e-mail with all seriousness of purpose devoid of any doubt in your mind, because this project is base on trust, confidentially and sincerity of purpose in order to have an acceptable meeting of the minds, although we never met before, but i have every reason to believe that you are a highly respected and personality, considering that i got your contact through internet, while searching for a reliable and reputable person to handle this transaction for me .
My name is Miss Alice Jennifer Kanga the only daughter of my late parents Mr & Mrs Francis Kanga. My father was a highly Cocoa & Golds merchants who operated in the capital of Ivory Coast during his days. It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad in the year 2006. Although his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time, but God knows the truth!
Though I have not meet with you before but I believe, one has to risk confiding in succeed sometimes in life. There is this huge amount of (Eight Million Five hundred Thousand United States Dollars) (US$8.5m) which my late Father Mr. Francis Kanga. Kept for me in one the private Security Company's in Abidjan, Ivory Coast . The money was packaged and deposited with this security company as Consignment and it's values was registered & labelled as family valuables not as money for security reason. My father told me that I should not let any of our relations to know about this because he was killed by them and if they know about it, that they will do nothing but to kill me in other to take hold of every thing, He told me that I should seek for a foreign partner abroad who will help me to transfer this Consignment overseas and also travel with him or her in other to continue my Live and Education and also to start a Business relationship with the person
whom can take care of me in the future I am just 21 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do because my life is in dangers here now. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast since 2002. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life, my dear, I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards and your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.
Now permit me to ask these few questions:
1. Can I completely trust you?
2. Can you accept me as your own blood Sister (Or Daughter)?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you?
Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible with your full assurance that you will not disappoint me in this issue so that I can give you more details.
Thanks you so much for your understanding & co-operation.....
Miss Alice Kanga.