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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:
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Chantal Bare <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:12:33 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Very Urgent
>From Chantal Bare,
It is with profound respect and humble submission, I beg to state the following few lines for your kind consideration. I hope you will spare some of your valuable minutes to read the following appeal with sympathetic mind. I must confess that it is with great hope, joy and enthusiasm to write you this mail and I believe by the faith that it must surely find you in good condition of health.
I am Miss Chantal Bare. Ugandan Citizen, age 19 years old. I`m the daughter of Late Mr. Johnson Bare, former minister for state in charge economic monitoring. My father died in the Intensive Care Unit of Mulago Hospital due to suspected heart failure. I lost my mother long time ago when I was just 6yrs old, and since then my father took me so special.Before the death of my father, he told me that he made a fixed deposit of the sum of Six Million, five Hundred thousand Dollars. ( $ 6,500.000.00 ) in one of the Bank here in Côte d'Ivoire with my name as his next of kin. I have travelled to Côte d'Ivoire to clear the money but the bank manager whom I met in person told me that my refugee status is not authorised by the laws of Côte d'Ivoire to clear the money. He advised me to appoint a trustee.
Now, I am soliciting your help for transfer of the money into your bank account and investment assistance in your Country. I have suffered lots of set back as a result of my parents death. I left Uganda because of incessant family feuds. Presently, I am living in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Hence, I want to settle abroad to continue my studies and spend the rest of my life. Please consider my request as my life is being hugely affected . I will send you the telephone number of the Church Mission where I am presently staying should you want to talk to me on phone.
Thanks in anticipation of your prompt response.
Miss Chantal Bare.