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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:
- "may come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "huge sum of money" (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)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Marina Sada <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 10:03:44 +0100 (BST)
Subject: I Need Your Urgent Response Please.
I know this mail may come to you as a surprise, since we have not known or written before.I am Introducing myself, I am Miss Marina Sada, 22years of age the only daughter of the late Mr and Mrs David Sada. My father used to working under the UN in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), unfortunately he ran into some rebels and was killed together with my mother.
Before the death of my father on 29th June 2007 in a private hospital here in Abidjan. He secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has a huge sum of money deposited in Abidjan Cote d'lvoire, that he used my name as his only daughter for the next of kin in depositing the fund.
He also explained to me that this money was meant for my education and some other charity works(motherless babies home and orphan), that I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as the mention projects above.
Please I am humbly seeking your assistance in the following ways:
1- To assist me get this fund out from the bank and providing an account of yours where this fund can quietly be transferred into.
2- To serve as the guardian of this fund since I am still an undergraduate.
3- To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education, secure residential permit in your country and also complete te above project.
Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas, while 5% will be set aside to offset any expenses that may incur.
Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within the shortest possible time if you signify interest to assist me.
Miss Marina Sada,