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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:
- "please indicate your interest" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "hundred thousand united state dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- ",500,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Jessica Akanu <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 14:56:52 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: From Miss Jessica Akanu
>From Miss Jessica AkanuAv.25 RD 882, Apt.425B, TriechvilleAbidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
Dear Good-day to you, Please I need your Assistance!
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I am Miss Jessica Akanu, the only Daughter of late Mr.and Mrs.Robert D. Akanu. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan; the economic capital city of Ivory Coast,my father was poisoned to dearth by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip.My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special.
Before the death of my father on November 2009 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of Ten Million, Five Hundred Thousand united state dollars (USD.$10,500,000) deposited in one of the big bank here in Abidjan, that he used my name as his only Daughter for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund to the bank.He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned to death by his business associates. That I should seek for a look foreign partner in a country of my choice whom will assist me for investment purpose and to receive my fund into his or her bank account.
I am honorably seeking your assistance in the following ways:
(1) To stand as my late father's foreign partner before the bank and to welcome me to come over to your country to further my Education and study.
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 19 years and guard me over this fund to open up a good and large business investment in your country.
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to stay further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.
Moreover, I am willing to offer you 40% of the total sum (USD.$10,500,000) as compensation for your effort/input after the successful clearing of the fund from the Central bank here while %60, will be for me and for my Education purpose.
Furthermore, please indicate your interest for I believe that this transaction would be concluded within fourteen (14) days from the day you signify your interest to assist me.
PLEASE STATE YOUR INFORMATION BELOW TO KNOW YOUR CAPABILITY OF HANDLING THIS FUND FOR ME.
Full Names--------------- Full Address------------ Occupation----------------- Your Age--------------- Your Nationality,/Country------------ Your Marital Status--------------- And your Telephone and fax Number----------------
Anticipating hearing from you soon.
Thanks and May God bless you and your family for helping me out!
TrulyMiss Jessica Akanu