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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:
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Ms Linda Paul <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 20:37:23 +0800 (CST)
Subject: From Ms Linda Paul Raymond,
From Ms Linda Paul Raymond,
Ave14 Rue2 Cocody Abidjan,
Cote D' Ivoire
May This Mail Fine You Well.
Cavary Greeting to you in the mighty name of Jesus (Amen).I know this mail will come as suprise to you but in a brief introduction. My name is Ms Linda Paul Raymond,I am a citizen of Sierra Leone,but residing in Abidjan Cote D' Ivoire Because of my sutiation today.
I am 20 years of age,It is my pleasure communicating with you for the first time and believing that it will lead to a better relationship between us.because the lord is our shetter and shade,He that run to him is save.Therefor:i want to be save through him Jesus Christ our Lord.(Amen).
I have an inheritance from my late father before he die that I would want to invest in your country under your care.
The amount is US$17.300.000.United State Dollars, I want you to stand as my father in the lord in claiming the Fund's.
I need your assitance in the following ways:
1.Assist me transfer my fund's to your bank account
2.Assist me secured a travelling paper to join you in your country to continue my educations
3.Assist me in investing the fund's in any lucreatives business.
I am ready to part with 25% of the total sum to you for your assistance and also in investment.
I will give you more detail and forward all vital information as soon as I hear from you.I will also plead for your full contacts details like,
2.Direct Tel/Fax Number
5.A copy Of Your Passport/ID Card.
Please kindly forward those contacts informations details of you to me so that i can put you in direct commucations with the banks where the money is deposited as i will also send you the vital informations and documents holding the fund's.
You can reply me here :
Thanks And God Bless
Ms Linda Paul