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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:
- "million united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Miss Nicole Yace <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 03:56:03 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Assistance Needed Urgently.
From Miss Nicole Yace
Abidjan Cote D`Ivoire
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business
relationship with you. I got your contact from Internet where searching
for a responsible and humble person who will assist me on this, I
prayed over it and selected your name among other names due I was
directed by God to do so, I must not hesitate to confide in you for
this simple and sincere business.
I am Nicole Yace the only daughter of late Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Yace My
Father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan, the economic
capital of Ivory Coast, My Father was poisoned to dearth by his
business associates on one of their outings on a business trip. My
Mother died when I was a baby and since then my Father took me so
special. Before the death of my father on January 2009 in a private
hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told
me that he has the sum of Eight Million United State Dollars. USD (US$8
million) left in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime bank here
in Abidjan, that he used my name as his only daughter for the next of
Kin in depositing of the fund. He also explained to me that it was
because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates.
That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice
where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such
as real estate management or hotel management, I am honorably seeking
your assistance 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 fund since I am only
20years. (3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to
further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.
Moreover, I am willing to offer you 10% of the total sum as
compensation for your effort/ input after the successful transfer of
this fund into your nominated account overseas.Furthermore, you
indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this
transaction would be concluded within fourteen (14) days you signify
interest to assist me.
Anticipating to hear from you soon.
Thanks and God bless.
Miss Nicole Yace.