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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:
- "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: "Ms. Mariana TINIRAU" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 09:15:56 +0000 (GMT)
I am sincerely seeking your confidence in this donate of money to help in projects which will make a huge impact in helping the orphans, widows, and widowers. which I propose with my free mind here is this hospital sick bed, as a person of integrity from God. With warm hearts I offer my friendship, and my greetings, and I hope this letter meets you in good time.
My name is Ms. Mariana TINIRAU from France. I currently undergoing medical treatment here in London, as a result of my two Kidney Cancer, which effected my liver under the ribs in the right upper part of my abdomen and i can not beable to walk myself or do anything without the helps of hospital nurses. I was former mechanical engineer at OILIBYA - LIBYA OIL COTE D'IVOIRE. DISTRIBUTION DE PRODUITS PETROLIERS. During President Laurent Ggbabo regime Former President of Cote dâIvoire.
Presently, I deposited the sum of $6. 650, 000.00 US Dollars, with a bank in Abidjan and this fund is presently with this bank for long awaiting my disbursement as beneficiary to Provide any next of kin to the funds with this bank. Since i can not do anything by myself again. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next coming month due to cancer problem. Having known my condition, I decided to donate this fund to you or your organization A good person that will utilize this money in good faith to help the orphanage homes, widows, and widowers this funds.
I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money. I kept this deposit secret till date, this is why I am taking this decision. I don't think I will need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health condition. Upon your reply I shall give you the direct contact of the bank and I will also issue a letter of authorization to you that will prove you the present beneficiary to the bank.
I will also want you to send your below requested information that I will submit to the bank.
1) Real Names
2) Phone/Fax numbers
4) Residence address.
5) Bank account information
Please always be putting me in your prayers all through this time of my bad health condition and I Await for your urgent responds.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Best of luck,
Ms. Mariana TINIRAU