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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:
- "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: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2010 08:49:22 -0430
Subject: Re:My Letter,
I am Lucy Benjamin from Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory
Coast).I am 20 years old girl orphan that is as a result of i have no
parent I have about US$5.2millions that i inherited from my late
loved father Mr Benjamin I want to invest this fund in your country with
your consent, co-operation ,assistance ,advice and help .
your full acceptance to work with me regarding this purpose kindly indicate
your interest by reply back to me so that I will furnish you with the
needfully information and the details on how to proceed further.
ready to offer 20% total amount of money to you on the final transfer of
the money to your bank account.
My best and Lovely Regards to
you and all your family .
I need your