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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Ms Maria <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2012 08:39:41 +0100
Subject: Hello Dear,
I am miss, Maria Lorna Laboso, 23 years old, a medical student, my father of blessed memory by name late Mr. Lorna Laboso who was the a manager with CNPC oil company at the Khartoum refinery in Sudan, was killed along side with my beloved mother and only brother. Our family house burnt down by the rebels during the last crisis in my country
i am now writing you from Bobo-Dioulasso Burkina-Faso where i escaped through road, and now seeking asylum in a private charity organization under St Johns Church here in Bobo-Dioulasso Burkina-Faso, you can find more of my story through the following site on the netbbc news http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6469857.stm
So i am now in search of an honest and reliable person who will help to relocate me in any of the western or any other place in the world, for a better life and to continue my studies, i have chosen to contact you after going through your profile and i believe you are a reliable person who will not let me down or betray my trust i know you may wonder why i am so soon telling you about all this, even without seeing or knowing you fully well, really something in me tells me that you are a good person and i guess i am not wrong.
Briefly i will like to disclose little more about myself to you and see if you can help me to relocate to your country so as to continue with my studies and have a new life, and please this is a little secrete and i plead with you to keep it to yourself alone until everything is properly arranged and executed, then i will come over to join you in your country i have the sum of $9.4 Million as an inheritance from my late father which i will like to invest in your country with your help, the reason why i need your help is based on the instruction my late father gave to the bank to release the fund to me at the age of 23 or through a foreigner who can help me to invest the fund wisely, i can not b able to make this claim because of my refugee status.
This fund is deposited in my late father's bank account with one of the banks here in Burkina-Faso and i am going to give you all the details / contact because i want the money to be transferred to your account before i come over to join you in your country, i need your urgent answer of your ability to handle this for me so that i will tell you the next step because i want to leave this refugee camp as soon as possible, life here is to me a hell, no love, no affection and no amenities, more importantly, i love my studies and here nothing is happening and people here are not friendly, i am really suffering in this place, it is too painful, but i hope with your help to transferring the fund in your account, i will have a better life to liveso kindly let me know your readiness to help me and i promise to always be nice and faithful to you i will send you send you a copy of mine photo as soon i receive our positive respond .
thank you and God bless you