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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:
- "will come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- +22507264885 (Cote d'Ivoire, probably a prepaid mobile phone)
Fraud email example:
From: "Daniel Tagro" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 03:20:04 +0300
Subject: Please We Need Your Assistance.
From Daniel and Jane Tagro
Residence La Grace,
Abidjan, Republic of Cote d'Ivoire.
phone no: +225-07-26-48-85
My sincere Greetings to you, I know that this mail will come to
you as a surprise but please it was borne out of a desperate need
for assistance so please permit me to inform you of my heart desire
for a business relationship with you.I am Daniel Tagro the only
son of late Mr. Desire Kone Tagro from Cote dIvoire.
My source of your contact gave me the courage and confidence to rely
on you. I am writing you in absolute confidence primarily to seek your
assistance to transfer the amount of Eight Million Five hundred thousand
United States dollars(US$8.500,000.00) deposited by my late father in
the custody of a BANK here Cote dIvoire to your private account in your
country and for you to help me and my sister to to come over to your
country for onward investment of the money in good business venture which
you will serve as the overseer and for the continuation of our education.
Iam 19 years old.and my sister Jane is 16. Our late father Desire Kone
Tagro was before his death the minister of Interior in our country
Cote d'Ivoire. He was killed during the recent presidential election
crisis in my country by the forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara on the
allegations that he was a major supporter and official of the out going
President Laurent Gbagbo who refused to hand over power.
Before the elections, Our father have arranged for us to leave for
Ghana with our mother because he thought that the election might
lead to crisis which later happened in my country Cote d'Ivoire.
It was in Ghana that we learnt the death of our dear father.
Upon hearing the news of our father's death, our mother developed a
heart attack which claimed her life. but before she died she gave me
the documents of the money which my late father deposited with a bank in
Cote d'Ivoire which is ($m8.500,000.00) She told us that our late father
reached an agreement with the bank that the money is for onward transfer
to a foreign account and entered my name his only son as the next to kin.
She pleaded that I should look for a good and trust worthy person abroad
who will help me to transfer this money out of Cote d'Ivoire and help me
and my sister to come over to his or her country to continue our
education and invest the money in good business.
With peace having been restored in Cote d'Ivoire,I and my sister returned
in order to seek how the money could be transferred.I have visited the
bank and met the director who assured me that the money is intact and
that once I submits the details of the foreign partner in whose account
the money will be transferred to, the bank will commence the transfer
That is the reason I contacted you so that I could present you to the bank
as my late father's foreign business partner so that the money could be
transferred to your account.
So please Am seeking for your assistance to transfer this money out of
here so that I and my sister could have a new life because we are
suffering a lot here without anybody to care for us. Right now we are in
hiding because of these people that killed our father are our after our
lifes and our fathers money after having seized all his properties.
For your assistance, we beg to concede 20% of the money to you. You can
reach us on this phone number +225-07-26-48-85 more explanation.
God bless you as we await your reply.
Daniel and Jane Tagro