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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:
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- 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.
- +22545206142 (Cote d'Ivoire, probably a prepaid mobile phone)
Fraud email example:
From: koaussi4 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2013 17:09:01 +0800 (CST)
Subject: From Kelvin Koaussi
From Kelvin Koaussi
Rue 12.Avenue 14.
Abidjan Cote divoire.
Tel:+225 4520 6142.
It's a pleasure to write you this letter. How are you and your family today?
Firstly,I'm Mr Kelvin Koaussi 19 years old and the only son of Dr. and Mrs. Williams Koaussi the former General Director of the Ivorian Gold and mining Cooperation who all died in the Airbus A310-304 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean seconds after taking off from Abidjan on the night of January 30, 2000, killing 158 passengers and all 11 crew members.You can go through this wedsite www.iasa.com.au/folders/Safety_Issues/dfdr-cvr/âabidjan_âcrash.html
Although I was too young to understand what actually happened at that time but Thanks to God Almighty that I discovered in a secret save in our house last week a fund deposit certificate indicating that my late father made a WILL of 4.500.000US$ in my name as the only son of the family with a bank here in Abidjan cote d'ivoire before his untimely death and after proper verifications with the bank I discovered that everything is intact and in placed as deposited and the instructions in the deposit agreement oblige me to source for someone reliable and trustworthy who can stand as my late father's foreign partner and beneficiary of the deposit.
Please father to be franck with you my mean reason for contacting you for this assistance is that my life is in great danger because the brothers of my late father are after my life and want to kill me so as to inherite my late fathers properties like Airfields and a company and could you imagine that our house was attecked by unknown gun men and my sister was killed but luckily I excaped as the attackers wanted to kill me and as of now I'm the only surviving member of my family.
Sir,as soon as this money is successfully transfered into your account you will be my sole confidant in any business venture that you might decide to invest this money into while I futher my studies in your Country,Please Advice?.
Please if you are interested to help me then all I need from you is your sincerity and confidentiality in this transaction.
I hope to hear from you as soon as posible so that we can know what next to do. Call me with the number above.