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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:
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Rita Keita <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 01:30:17 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Kind assistance
Kind assistance & Investment in your country.
Dear respected one,
I know you will be surprised to read from me, but please consider this as request from a 18 years old young virgin Girl,in dire need of your kind assistance
I got your contact after my prayers and i believe you will not disappoint me.
My name is Rita Keita. I am the only child of late Dr.Felix Oseni Keita, who was a cocoa businessman and a politician here in Abidjan,cote d'ivoire before he was assassinated in November 2010 with my mother by unknown assassins following a business disagreement with his relatives.
My mother died instantly during the attack but my father died five days after in a hospital here in Abidjan. On that fateful afternoon that my father died, I didn't know that he was going to leave me after I had lost my mother. But before he gave up the ghost, it was as if he knew he was going to die. He (may his soul rest in perfect peace) informed and disclosed to me that he deposited the sum of $7.5 million U.S dollars in a Bank here in Abidjan cote d'ivoire.That the money was meant for establishing his business.
Though, according to my father he deposited this money in his own name and mentioned me in the documents as his next of kin and beneficiary of this money in event of his death. He gave me the documents and necessary information and instructed me to seek for a trust worthy person abroad who will help me invest and manage this money for me until i am capable to handle it due to the crisis here in Cote d'ivoire.
Now I have succeeded in contacting this BANK and confirmed that this fund is still there.Now I am begging for your assistance to help me lift and secure this money out from this Bank to your account so that you can manage and invest it in any lucrative business venture in your country for me since i am just 18 years old and lack the ability to handle this money and so that I can continue my education which i stopped since my parents death.
I expect your kind reply so that i can give you the necessary information for this money so that it can be transferred to you and i can come over to your country to continue my education and a peaceful life.
Thanks for your understanding.May God be with you.