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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Kadira Diabi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 03:03:46 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: From: Miss Kadira Diabi
From: Miss Kadira Diabi
How are you and your family.
Compliment of the day to you and all the members of your family.
I am Miss Kadira Diabi am from Sudan, but i live in Ivory Coast now in a refugee camp. I am contacting you because I need your urgent help to secure the money that my late father kept in the bank here on my name before he died. This money is (US$7,400.000) and the money is in a bank here in Abidjan.
My father was a very rich cocoa farmer, but he was poisoned to death by his close business partner because of the big contract he won. While he was dying in the hospital, he told me everything and advice me to run out of Sudan, before his partner will get me and killed me too. This is how i ran down to Abidjan here, where i am presently in a refugee camp.
I want you to stand as my guardian before the bank and receive the money in your account, at my age i can not be able to handle such matter and i do not want to risk my life, because this place is full of desperate people. I have gone to the bank here with the deposit document and agreement, the bank had with my father and they confirmed it ok.
Please I will like you to reply me so that I will give you all the informationâs about the bank, so that you can contact them.
And after that you will arrange for me to come over to your country and continue my education.
I am waiting for your kind reply and may God bless you.
Miss Kadira Diabi.
Note: Pls permit me to ask these few questions:
1. Can you help invest this money into a profitable business in your country.
2. Can you honestly help me as your daughter and keep this trust?
3. What percentage will be good for you after you have help to transfer this money to your country.