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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "urgent assistance" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: lucy collins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 22:25:16 +0800 (SGT)
Please I will like you to consider to accept this my proposal despite that it will be suprise to you since we have not known or written before. My name is Nadege Suleman i am from Abidjan ,Coted'ivoire in west africa .I am a girl of 20 years old , I wish to request for your urgent assistance in my investment plans in your base, I wish to invest in manufacturing and real estate management in your base, this is because Inherited an important sum from my late father who was poisoned to death recently.
My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant based in Accra Ghana and Abidjan Cote divorie, he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their business trips recently. Before his sudden death, He called me on his bedside at the hospital and told me that he has a sum of $3.5 Million USD deposited in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan Ivory Coast In west Africa , that he used my name for the next of kin in depositing of the fund.
I seek your assistance in the following ways
1.) To provide a bank where this money can be transferred into.
2.) To make arrangements for me to come over to your country after the successful transferring of this money into your account, to come and further my education because I want to study medicine over there in your country.
3.) To help me invest this money in a profitable business since i am only 20yrs of age and do not know about business.
4.) To sponsor transfer this money into your account.
5.) I want you to promise me that you are not going to betray me after the money gets into your account.
Please I want to invest this money in a very good business area over there in your country, this money was been deposited for my social security and for fruitful international investment. My late father has an agreement with the bank that I should provide a foreign partner of my choice that will help me receive this money for an investment purpose in overseas. That is why I need you to help me provide a good bank account where the bank that is holding this money will transfer it for an investment over there in your country and i am going to give you 20% from the total sume of money once it arrive to your account .Please get back to me in my email so that I can tell you more of me , if you indicate your self to help me .
Awaiting your urgent reply