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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "account in your country or any safer place" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million 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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 14:42:25 -0400
Subject: Your friend agustasilva sent you something from JukeboxAlive
Dear Respected One,
Godday and how are you, i hope all is well with you,
My name is Madam agusta silva. A complete citizen of the republic
Sierra Leone ,widow to the late Mr. Philiph Silva who died of ulcer
and he has been buried. My late husband was a serving director of the
Agro- exporting board until his death.
Before his death he had a foreign account here in Cote d ivoire where
he made a deposit of US$7.2 Million Dollars which he deposited for the
purchase of cocoa processing machine and development of another
factory before his untimely death. My main purpose of sending you this
mail is because of the way I found you and perhaps trust-worthy to
give you this priority of transfering the money to your account in
your country with your percentage of which we shall discuss soon.
In fact, since the death of my husband, his brothers has been
seriously chasing me around with constant treats, trying to suppress
me so that they might have the documents of his landed properties and
confiscate them. They have successfully collected all his properties,
yet they never stopped there, they told me to surrender all bank
account of my late husband,which I did not because this is where my
future and destiny lies upon,
The situation becomes uncontrollable because o f pressure on me from
the family, I decided to look for a trust-worthy person who could
assist me to receive this money into his account for the purpose of
I cannot invest this money here any longer, despite it has been my
late husbands industrial plans.I want you to do me a favour to receive
this funds to a safe account in your country or any safer place as the
beneficiary. I have plans to invest this money in continuation with
the investment vision of my late husband, but not in this place again
rather in another country.
Once you receive this money into your account i will be coming to
meet you to invest the money with you i have the vision of going into
real estate management and industrial production. This is my reason
for contacting you.
Please I will like you to send me your
1. Your full name, contact postal address
2. Your phone number.
Once i confirm this I will submit all the offical ducuments to the
bank as my late husband foriegn business partner so that they bank
will transfer this money into your account.
Consider my situation as a widow and come to my rescue.
I give thanks immensely for your co-operation as I look forward to
hear from you soon.
All the best,
God Bless You.