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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:
- "million united state 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)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: susan Daniel <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:22:52 +0000
Miss Susan Greetings To you and Family
Warm greetings to you and your family in the name of God. I am aware that
this is not a formal approach in starting a relationship, but as time goes
on, you will realize the need for my approach. My email to you will come as
a surprise since i don't know you in person. But if this message comes to
you out of your wish, i am very sorry. I hope that you will read through
this email and understand how difficult things can be for someone in a
particular period in life. I introduce my self to you with all faith, trust
and hope you will understand to assist us not to betray us at the end.
My name is Susan,i was 20 Years old when my father died 2 years ago in a
gold mine in MENDE, Republic of Sierra Leone. He was into legal gold
mining,he has succeed in saving the sum of $9 Million U.S.D (Nine million
United State Dollars.) in (BOA) being one of the prime banks here in
Abidjan during his Business on Gold, before he went on a trip to Republic
of Cote DâIvoire West Africa near by country to our country to save his
money for security reasons because of the political problem in our country.
Since the death of our father our step mother has been trying to kill us,
she has been given us a lot of problem and she have collected every thing
from us and now she still need the deposit certificate to claim this fund
but I canât give this to her because this is all we have to leave with. I
am 22 years now while my brother Daniel is 20 years old of age and we still
need to go to school and have a better education and start a new life.
Our step mother knows that our dad has such money but she donât know where
exactly the fund is been deposited. Right now we are hiding here in Ivory
Coast . Our father used my name "Susan Kalon" as the next of kin to the
deposited fund. And we ran away with the deposit document, so nobody have
access to the money now except me and my younger brother Daniel.
We need help from you to assist us to transfer this money to your country
for investment and you will be sincere to invite us to your country without
cheating us or doing bad to us on my arrival with my brother, we are
willing to offer you 15% of the total sum after the transfer of this fund
into your account in overseas. Please mail me urgently to know your stand
before we start looking for help elsewhere, youâre the first person we are
contacting in this issue.
Please permit me to ask, can you honestly help us as your own people and
can we completely trust you? We are kindly requesting for this vital
information from you if you agreed to assist us out of our problem: (1)
Your full name (2) Your Personal telephone number. I will also want you to
tell me more about your self in your reply to my letter to you.
Thank you and God bless you as you help we orphans. Hoping to hear from you
soon. I will be expecting your urgent reply, thanks.
Miss Susan and Daniel Kalon