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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 orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "biyancangoma11" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 11:16:29 +0000
Subject: Good Day,
I am Biyanca Ngoma the only child of late Mr. and Mrs. Mathias Ngoma. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan , the economic capital of Ivory coast, my father was poisoned to death 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 October 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 $7.500.0000 (Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand US. Dollars) left in the bank here in Abidjan, that he used my name as the only daughter for his next of kin in depositing the funds.
He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates but I suspect his brothers because since the death of my father the brothers and other members of the family has been after all my late father belongings i am now left with nothing except this money in the bank,
Now i know why my father ask me to seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where i will transfer this money and use it for to continue my education and investment purpose such as real estate management or hotel management .
Dear, I am honorably seeking your assistance in the following ways: (1) To stand as a guardian of this fund (2) 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, Dear, i am willing to offer you 20% 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 four (4) days you signify interest to assist me. Anticipating to hear from you soon i will send you my photo and more details when i hear from you.