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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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Doriis Justin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2011 10:35:27 -0400
Subject: Urgent respond Will Be Highly Apprecaited,
Let me first introduce myself to you, I am a citizen of Sudan but
currently staying in Cote D'Ivorie. My name is Dorris Justin Yak, 24years
old originated from Sudan. I got your E-mail address/profile through my
internet search from your country national chamber of commerce when I was
searching for a good and trust worthy person who will be my friend and I
believe that it is better we get to know each other better and trust each
other because I believe any good relationship will only last if it is
built on truth and real love.
My father Dr. Justin Yak Arop was the former Minister for SPLA Affairs and
Special Adviser to President Salva Kiir of South Sudan for
Decentralization. My father Dr. Justin Yak and my mother including other
top Military officers and top government officials had been on board when
the plane crashed on Friday May 02, 2008.. You can read more about the
crash through the below
After the burial of my father, my uncles conspired and sold my fathers
properties to a Chinese Expatriate and live nothing for me. On a faithful
morning, I opened my fathers briefcase and found out the documents which
he have deposited huge amount of money in one bank in Burkina Faso with my
name as the next of kin. I travelled to Cote D'Ivoire to withdraw the
money so that I can start a better life and take care of myself.
On my arrival, the Branch manager of the Bank whom I met in person told me
that my fathers instruction to the bank was the money be release to me
only when I am married or present a trustee who will help me and invest
the money overseas. I have chosen to contact you after my prayers and I
believe that you will not betray my trust. But rather take me as your own
sister. Though you may wonder why I am so soon revealing myself to you
without knowing you, well, I will say that my mind convinced me that you
are the true person to help me.
More so, I will like to disclose much to you if you can help me to
relocate to your country because my uncle has threatened to assassinate
me. The amount is $8.4 Million and I have confirmed from the bank in Cote
D'Ivoire. You will also help me to place the money in a more profitable
business venture in your Country. However, you will help by recommending a
nice University in your country so that I can complete my studies.
It is my intention to compensate you with 20% of the total money for your
services and the balance shall be my capital in your establishment. As
soon as I receive your interest in helping me, I will put things into
action immediately. In the light of the above, I shall appreciate an
urgent message indicating your full information's to show your ability and
willingness to handle this transaction sincerely. Please do keep this only
to your self.
Dorris Justin Yak.