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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:
- "dear beloved," (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "former president of liberia" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "liberia" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: kelvin kerkular <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: kelvin kerkular <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 18:47:57 +0100 (BST)
Subject: PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL
PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL
My name is Kelvin Kerkular I am 31 years old, and my junior sister name is Vivian Kerkular, 28 years old, we are Citizens of Liberia, currently residing in the refugee camp in Ghana. I am contacting you solely on a business related issues.
I became an orphan some couple of years ago. I am contacting you about a need I have and I believe you are well able to help me after my severe and fervent prayer for God to link me up with some one who will be capable of helping me out from Ghana as my foreign beneficiary. It all depends on our trusting each other but I've chosen to contact you prayerfully and believing that you are the person that can help me.
The source of my parentâs death was believed to be from our detractors who are never happy that he was making so much progress. The issue is that my parents are diamond merchants in my country Liberia and they made too much money from the business, that prompted the government of Liberia to probe them.
For this reasons, during the crisis in Liberia, our home was among the first target by the Liberian rebels. They allegedly said that, my late parents have a close relationship with former president of Liberia (President Charles Taylor) that was their reason of storming our home. My mother died immediately they storm our resident and my father sustained serious bruises that he could not survive while in the hospital. I and my younger sister Vivian managed to escape during the incident. As i am talking to you now, i and my younger sister are staying in Ghana for some obvious reasons that i will like to relay to you on your response to this message.
This is a confidential matter i will like to discuss with someone whom my spirits accepted to deal with. Because after my parents exit, the government of Liberia have taken over all of our belongings. They have also emptied my parents bank accounts left alone with a deposit which my late father made in a nearby country called Ghana during his trade to Ghana. No one knows of this deposit, it is only me as the next of kin.
And my father had earlier warned me not to disclose this issue to anyone before he died in the hospital after the incident that cause his death. Today I and my younger sister fend for ourselves here in Ghana.
And life has been very difficult since the government of Ghana started their deportation exercise which says that we refugees should evacuate their Bujumbura refugee camp to our various countries. Please my dear beloved, our plans now are to relocate from Ghana since we can not afford to go back to Liberia following our past experience as they killed our parents, but we will need to move out the fund left by my late father here in Ghana.
please according to my late father's lawyer all we need now before these boxes can leave Ghana to is your full contact information so as to enable the lawyer work out the papers that will back up the shipment to your location. Please i believe my lawyer will explain more better to you as soon as you come in contact with him.
Once you agree to help us move this fund, we will link you up with our late father's lawyer who will help us in securing all the necessary documents for the shipment. As soon as we agree, we will come to your country where I and my sister will invest the money under your guide. So please let us know what will be your compensation or percentage for helping me and my sister out.
Please NOTE that the earlier you help us the better as you will be doing Almighty God a great favor because our lives are no more safe with these people over here. I will need your reply stating your readiness to help in seeing this through.
We will be needing your details as follows:
5.CELL PHONE NUMBER:
6.INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OR DRIVERS LICENSE
please feel free if you have any question to ask.
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