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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:
- "huge amount of money" (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)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: From Steven Kabran. <email@example.com>
Date: 27 Feb 2011 14:27:45 -0600
Subject: Attention : The Director.
Attention : The Director.
From Steven Kabran.
Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire (West Africa).
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I got your contact from the search I made in the internet following my effort in searching for a trustworthy person to assist me transfer my inheritance and invest it in a good business.
I am Steven Kabran 26yrs, the only son of late Mr and Mrs Alfred Kabran from Ghana, I am here presently in Abidjan Coted'Ivoire former Ivory Coast, because of the money my late father deposited in a bank here before he died. My father was a very wealthy Gold and Diamond merchant in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast before he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outing to discuss on a business deal.
Before the death of my father,He secretly called me on his bedside and told me that he has a sum of $2,500.000(Two million five hundred thousand united states dollar)deposited in a bank here on his name and used my name as the next of kin to the money. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth and some huge amount of money his business associates supposed to balance him from the deal they had that he was poisoned by his business associates, that I should seek for a God fearing foreign partner in a country of my choice who can assist me in claiming this fund from the bank for me, for investment purposes .
I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following way.
1)To assist me claim this fund from the BANK as the foreign partner of my late father.
2)To transfer this money in your name to your country.
3)To make a good arrangement for a joint business investment on my behalf in your country and you will be the care taker.
4)To secure a college for me in your country to further my education. And to make arrangement for my travel to your country after you have transferred this fund.
Moreover , I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum (percentage)as compensation for your effort input after the successful transfer of this fund to your designated account in your country.
Please try to help me to transfer my inheritance and migrate in your country for the investment of this money I don't want to live in Africa again because of their wickedness. You can write me immediately you receive this mail so that I can forward to you the contact of the bank to contact them as my foreign partner whom the money will be transferred to his or her account.
Awaits to hear from you immediately.
Thanks and God Bless.
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