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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:
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: geni koffi <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 11:57:35 +0000
Subject: complement of the day,
complement of the day,
It is my pleasure to write you after much consideration which I don't know how you will feel it. My name is Miss Geni Koffi The only Daughter of late Joseph Koffi,from Sierra-Leone (I am 19years of age. My father was former Director of finance Sierra-Leone diamond,Gold and mining corporation, in Free Town,the economic capital of Sierra Leon before his untimely death.After his business trip,My father got an accident with my mother of which my mother died instantly but my father died five days after in a private hospital in our country. On that faithful afternoon, I didnt know that my father was going to leave me after I had earlier lost my mother, but before he gave up the ghost, it was as if he knew he was going to die.
My father called me and told me that he deposited the sum of Nine Million,United State Dollars. USD ($9,000.000.00) left in fixed/ suspense account in one of the prime bank in LOME the economic capital of TOGO.That the money was meant for his diamond and Gold company he wanted to establish in Tunisia, according to my father he deposited the money in suspence account using my name as the next of kin. My reason to contact you is to asssit me to transfer the fund into your account because the bank made an agreemet with my father I can not access to this fund only if I can having an foreign partner from oversee to help me transfer the money and invest it. I wait your respond for more detail's, I have the documents with me I will forward it to you as soon as I hear from you.
I am waiting for your urgnt respond