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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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:
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:52:46 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Ruka Abdul
I am Miss Ruka Abdul a 23 years old girl from war ravaged SIERRA LEONE but presently domiciled in Abidjan Ivory coast.My father Late Mr Mohammed Abdul who before his untimely assassination by the rebels and was the Director of SIERRA LEONE Diamond corporation (SLDC).He was killed in our
government residential house along side two of my other brothers,two house maids and one government attached security guard fortunately for me and my mother,we were on a week end visit to our home town As we got the news of the tragedy. We immediately managed to ran into neighbouring
Ivory coast for refuge.
But unfortunately. As Fate would have it,I lost My dear mother (may soul rest in peace) as a result of what the Doctor called cardiac arrest.
As i was coming into this country ,i had some documents of a deposit of $ 10,500.000 USD (Ten million Five hundred thousand USD ) made by my late father in one of the prime bank and Fianace House in Abidjan cote d'ivoire.According to my father, he intended to use this fund for his
international business transaction after his tenure in office but was unfortunately murdered.
I had located the bank here where the money is deposited and i have established ownership.please right now,with the bitter experiences i had in our country and the war still going on especially in diamond area which incidentally is where we hail from .coupled with the incessant political
upheavals and hostilities in this country Ivory coast,i desire seriously to leave here and live the rest of my life into a more peaceful and politically stable country like yours Hence this proposal and request.
I therefore wish you can help me in the following regards :
1)To provide me with a good bank account to transfer the money into
2)To help me invest the money into a lucrative business .
3) To assist me get a college admission to further my education.
Miss Ruka Abdul.
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