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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.
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Miss. Eunice Ella" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:24:53 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: In Good Faith & Trust.
I wish you a prosperous new year 2013.
I thank you for make out time to reply my mail message and I hope this mail meets you in good time. However strange or surprising this contact might seem to you as we have not meet personally or had any dealings in the past, I humbly ask that you take due consideration of its importance and immense benefit.
Though, many unbelievable things are happening nowadays in our world, but i still believe that people of reality still exist, and it takes one day for two different people of different race to be in unity and peaceful life indeed.
I am Miss. Eunice Ella Simeon from FRANCE but currently residing in IvoryCoast. I am the Daughter of the late Mr. Richard I. Simeon, I wish to request for your assistance in an immediate transaction. My late Father was a contractor and a Crude Oil Merchant before his death. The death of my Father was as the result of injury which he got through a gun-shot which occured on the 29th of Feb, 2011; during the political crisis in the country ( Ivory Coast ), on his sick bed, he instructed me and my mother to look for a foreigner who will assist us for an investment overseas.
He disclosed to us about the sum of Five Million Three hundred thousand Dollars (US$5.3M).which he kept for Investment in one of the prime Bank here, i have with me here the bank contact information together with the documents covering the deposit of the fund for the clearification of your doubt.
The most painful part of it is that after several months of funeral of my late Father, My uncles and some members of the family started treating us bad with their human wickedness and diabolic powers; thereby forcing my mother out of her matrimonial home which at the end they eliminated my mother and left me motherless and fatherless. I humbly seek your assistance to retrieve this fund and transfer it into your bank account for investment in your country.
Therefore, I am crying and seeking for your kind assistance in the following ways: (1) To provide a safe bank account where the money will be transferred for investment, (2) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education, and to secure a resident permit for me in your country.
Consider this and get back to me so that i can provide you with more information about this business relationship. My computer is unable to respond to attchment files, I will send my picture or passport in my next mail once i hear from you today without failure.
Miss.Eunice Ella Simeon.