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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:
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Vivian Kone <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 16:06:07 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: From Miss Vivian Kone Please Help Me
>From Miss Vivian Kone Please Help Me
i am sorry to come to you in this way, I am writing this mail to you with due respect trust and humanity, i appeal to you to exercise a little patience and read through my message, i came across your profile and my spirit lead me to contact you,well i realy needed some one honest,truthfull to share my feelings and my burden with you, let me introduce my self to you, I am Miss Vivian Kone, 20 years old the only daugther to late Mr and Mrs Harmann Kone. a Native of Ivory Coast in West Africa.
My father was very wealthy business man when he was alive who deal with car importation and he was killed because of his weath by one of our family member so that he will clam my father's property which he has already don, my mother have die many years ago and my father take good care of me as his only duaghther, Before the death of my father on (August 2007) in a private hospital here in Coted'ivoire where he was admitted, he secretly called me on his bed side and disclosed to me about the sum of five million five hundred US dollars ($5.5million) he left in suspense account in one of the bank here in Abidjan. and he also tell me where he keep all the document which the bank issued him when he deposited the money, and my name was writen as nest of king as his only daughther, so i am contacting you to help me and stand as my foreign partner who want to asist me transfer the mony in your account over there in your as my father instructed me to look for a
foregn patiner of my choice where my life can be save, so after goping into your profile my mined leed me to contact you.
Dear permit me to ask this quation
(1) Can you take good cere of me when i come over to your country
(2) Can you stand as the beneficial of the fund since I am only 20 years old.
(3) Can you help me as your Sister/Daughter/Friend
(4) Can you make arrangement for me to come over to your country after the money is
transfer, and furter my education and also invest the money there in your country.
I have decided to offer you 20% of the total amount for your effort and your willingness to and 5% for any expenses if there is but i dont think there will be any expenses,
immidiately i hear from you concerning my request.I will forward to you all the
neccessary documents concerning this deposit with the bank contact so that you will contact the bank for the transfer of the money into your account
Thanks for your understanding.
Miss Vivian Kone.