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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:
- "might come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "hundred thousand us 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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "=?ISO-8859-1?B?QWxpIFNhZHVraQ==?=" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2011 15:52:32 +0800
>From Ali Saduki
This letter might come to you as a surprised since we have not had any previous correspondence. This is as a result of the helpless situation we found our selves into. My name is Ali Saduki and my sister is Saline, we are nationality of Kuwait my Father was a business man in Ivory Coast. I am 18 years old boy and my sister is 15, years old. I got your contact during my
search for a reliable capable and trustworthy person that can assist us in this darkest moment of our life.
We lost our Father, Mother, and two sisters in a car accident our driver was about to drive across the railway without knowing that the train was already at that point with speed. I am alive writhing you today, because i was fortunate
to be at home with my younger sister (Saline) the time of the accident.
We are writhing you now from our home where we stay now without parents or any one to help. Before our Father's sudden death, he kept the sum of us$10,500,000.00( Ten Million, Five Hundred Thousand Us Dollars) In cash with one of the prime banks here in Cote D'ivoire. Now that he is late and we are the only ones left behind. We are writhing you to assist us transfer this money into your account, invest it in a profitable business and relocate us to join you immediately. As a result of insecurity of life and property here, We do not want to stay here any longer.
We give almighty God the glory and thanks that our Father did not die immediately, but he died after three days of the accident. He gave me all this information while he was at the hospital, we will be very glad if you can assist us contact this bank where our Father deposited this Funds. We are ready to give you %30 of the total sum of the money for your kind assistance.
We are waiting to hear from you soon
Ali and Sister