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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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- +22508695944 (Cote d'Ivoire, probably a prepaid mobile phone)
Fraud email example:
From: "SAMUEL AND NINA KUNAR" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2013 12:28:51 -0400
Subject: FROM SAMUEL AND NINA KUNAR
FROM SAMUEL AND NINA KUNAR,
Bingerville refugee camp
REPUBLIC OF COTE-D'IVOIR.
Good Day and God bless you as I introduce myself to you with all faith and hope you will
understand us and not to betray us at the end.
My name is SAMUEL and my sister's name is NINA KUNAR. We are the children of late CHIEF HERBERT
D. KUNAR, I am 17 Years old, our father died years ago in our country MENDE, Republic of Sierra
Leone, He was into legal solid minerals, diamonds and gold mining saleing which was under his
positions in government then, and he has succeeded in saving (US$9.500,000.00) (Nine Million Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) during his Business on legal solid minerals, diamonds and
gold mining selling, After he went on a trip to Republic of Cote D'Ivoire near by country to our
country to save his money for security reasons because of the political problems in our country,
as our father return back to our country Unfortunately he is dead the rebels kills him and I will
not want this money to be kept like that without any investment purpose please we are contacting
you with full trust to assist and help us to transfer this money out from here to your country
for investment purpose hoping that you will not let us do
After the death of our father my mother took us to Abidjan Ivory Coast here we are right now and
our mother died here in Ivory Coast in a private hospital because of the injuries she sustained
during the war Now we are alone in a totally strange country without parents at our tender ages.
Before our mother's death she advice us that we should do praying and fasting to find a trust
worthy person who will help us to stand as our late fathers foreign business partner, who would
help us to transfer this money to his account and invest it in a profitable business venture in
his country and also help us to come over to his country and stay with him as his own blood
children and continue our education which terminated because of the war in our country, She told
us to do this quickly so that we can leave Ivory Coast and then settle down in abroad because of
the political problems here now in ivory coast.
Our mother gave us all the vital documents which covers the deposited money in the bank, she told
us that our late father reached an agreement with the bank that this money is for onward transfer
to a foreign account to any of his foreign business partner but our late father did not introduce
any name to the bank as his foreign business partner, that is why we are contacting you to help
us to stand as our late fathers foreign business partner so that the bank will transfer this
money US$9.500,000.00 million to your account, our father used my name as the only son to
deposited the money as next of kin. Our mother made us to know that this is the reason why we run
to this country Ivory Coast. My mother died after words. May her spirit rest in perfect peace.
I am always visited the bank to make inquires on how to transfer this money out from here and we
have discussed with the director of the bank who assured and promised to help us to transfer this
money to any of my late fathers foreign business partners immediately within 72 working hours as
soon as i provide my late fathers foreign business partners details to the bank he also said that
my father did not introduce any name to the banks as his foreign business partners that i should
submit my late fathers foreign business partners details to the bank However, the manager is very
concerned because of our age. I am 17 years while my younger sister is 15, he also told us that
our late father reached an agreement with they bank that the money is for onward transfer to a
foreign account and entered my name as the next of kin. he pleaded that I should look for any of
my late fathers foreign business partners in abroad who will help us to transfer this money out
of here to his account.
We need help from you to help us submit your name to the bank as our fathers foreign business
partner and transfer this money to your account for investment purpose and be sincere to get
travailing papers for us and invert us to your country without cheating us or doing bad to us on
my arrival with my younger sister.
Regarding to what our late mother told us, I'm willing to give you 20% of the money after the
transfer of the money and 5% extra for any expense you incurs in this transaction and you will
use the rest to invest it in good business, I am interested in any profitable business or
commercial venture which you consider very good in your country or abroad to invest this money,
please mail us immediately urgent to know your stands before looking elsewhere, because you're
the first person we are contacting and also send your phone number as soon as possible for easer
Now permit me to ask these few questions:-
1. Can you honestly help me as your own person?
2. Can we completely trust you?
3. Hope my percentage offer is good accepted by you?
Please, Treat this email confidential and get back to us as soon as possible.
Please for security reasons reply to our privet EMAIL ADDRESS
(email@example.com ), please you can call us with this number (+22508695944 ) immediately for
Samuel and Nina Kunar.