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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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Elvire Kabie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2012 22:58:27 +0800 (SGT)
COMPLIMENTS OF THE DAY.PERMIT ME TO INFORM YOU OF MY DESIRE OF GOING
BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU. I GOT YOUR YOUR
COUNTRY BUSINESS DIRECTORY. I PRAYED OVER IT AND SELECTED YOUR CONTACT
AMONGST OTHER CONTACTS DUE TO IT'S ESTEEMING NATURE. I AM MISS KABIE
ELVIRE , I AM 22 YEARS WHILE MY YOUNGER BROTHER PETER ELVIRE IS 18YEARSOUR LATE PARENTS IS CHIEF AND MRS RAYMOND ELVIRE
MY FATHER WAS A VERY WEALTHY COCOA
MERCHANT BASED IN ABIDJAN, THE ECONOMIC CAPITAL OF
BUSINESS ASSOCIATES ON ONE OF THEIR OUTING TO DISCUSS ON A BUSINESS
DEAL. OUR MOTHER DIED ON THE 21 ST
OCTOBER 1994, MY FATHER TOOK US SO SPECIAL BECAUSE
WE ARE MOTHERLESS.
BEFORE THE DEATH OF MY FATHER ON MARCH 2011
IN A PRIVATE HOSPITAL HERE IN ABIDJAN. HE SECRETLY
CALLED ME ON HIS BEDSIDE AND TOLD ME THAT HE DEPOSITED
THE SUM OF US$8,500,000
(EIGHT MILLION FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) IN A BANK HERE IN ABIDJAN.
WE AM HONOURABLY SEEKING YOUR ASSISTANCE IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS.
1) TO HELP US CLEAR THIS MONEY FROM THE BANK.
2) TO SERVE AS THE GUARDIAN OF THIS FUND.
MOREOVER, WE ARE WILLING TO OFFER YOU 15% OF THE
TOTAL SUM AS COMPENSATION FOR YOUR EFFORT INPUT AFTER
THE SUCCESSFUL TRANSFER OF THIS FUND TO YOUR NOMINATED ACCOUNT OVERSEA.
NOTE THAT 15%OF THE TOTAL SUM WILL BE SET ASIDE FOR
YOUR EFFORTS,WHILE 5%WILL BE FOR ANY EXPENSES MADE
DURING THE TRANSACTION.
NOTE THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% LEGAL AND RISK FREE
AS WE HAVE THE DOCUMENT WHICH MY LATE FATHER GAVE TO
ME THE TIME HE DEPOSITED THE MONEY IN THE BANK.
ANTICIPATING HEARING FROM YOU SOON.
THANKS AND GOD BLESS.
MISS KABIE ELVIRE