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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 got your email address from " (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- "monrovia" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "liberia" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "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: lora abdul <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:52:56 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Hello Dear
With Due Respect And Humanity,Let me first of all inform you, I got your email address from mail Directory and decided to contact you, to the permission to go ahead,Please do not be surprise or get offended for receiving this message from me, It just i believe that you will not disappoint me, in this my situation here in the refugees camp.
I decided to contact you because of the urgency of my situation here, am (Mis, lora Ferdinard Abdul). 24 years old girl single,never married but age doesn't matter in a real relationship, so i am comfortable with your age, i am from ( Liberia ),the only daughter of Dr Late Fedinard Abdul.
I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment , am receiving from my step mother. She planned to take away all my late father's treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved parents.
My late father DR FERDINARD ABDUL was chairman managing director FERDINARD INDUSTRIAL COMPANY LTD, in Monrovia,And he is also the personal advice to the former head of state before the the war.
Before I go into further details please be informed that I am writing without any other person's pre-knowledge of my contacting you. Therefore i will appreciate same attitude to be maintained.
Meanwhile I wanted to escape from here to any where in the world but she hide away my international passport, and other valuable travelling documents. Luckily she did not discover where I kept my fatherâs File which contains important documents. So I decided to run to the refugee camp where I am presently seeking asylum under the United Nation for Refugee here in Yamoussoukro, Republic of Cote Dâivoire. Abidjan. I wish to contact you personally for a long term relationship that may lead us to somewhere better if we work well on it.
All through the days before the death of my father he revealed to me about some money he deposited in the Bank, with my name for security reasons.the amount was ($3.8Million) which deposited in the Bank when he was alife,I want you to stand as my beneficiary next of kin/Trustee representative to enable the Bank , release the money on my behalf, mean while you will have 25% of the total money for helping me transferring the money to your account
As soon as I receive your positive response we can then proceed further please don't let me down please.Please do keep this only to your self. do not disclose this transaction to any -person expect your business partners or any person you trust very well,
I wait for your urgent respond,