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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:
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: albina safi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:20:12 +0100
Subject: From Mrs. Albina Borya,
>From Mrs. Albina Borya,
I want to have partnership with you. My name is MRS.ALBINA BORYA from Penza
in RUSSIA, Wife of (LATE MR.HERACLIUS BORYA ). Before the death of my
husband, he was a real-estate Broker and coffee merchant.
I want to be honest and sincere to you, I got your email while i was making
a research to find a reliable partner for this project. I know its
difficult to trust someone on the internet this time because of the bad and
dubious activities of scammers going all around the world today. My dream
is to go to a country where my late husbands relatives will not see me, so
that I will use this money to start new life, free life with a man that
will give me happiness and joy. I want to be free because I have suffered
so much in the hands of my wicked brothersâ in-law, since after my husbands
For your better understanding, my husband was poisoned to death by some of
his colleagues on a business outing. Since after his death, I have no peace
of mind because of the pressure from his family relatives (brothers in
particular) as taheyâre seriously on my neck with conspiracy with the
family lawyer to release to them my late husbandâs properties. The family
problem according to them is because I didnât have child for their late
brother. Because of my relationship with my husband, he told me before his
death about this money (10.500.000 USD) in Cote D;Ivoire for the purpose
mainly to extend his coffee company branches in Cote D;Ivoire before his
death. None of his family relatives is aware of this deposit and they will
never know about it because they are very selfish and wicked.
Because my late husbandâs family relatives started taking all his
properties from me, one of my close family friend advised me that since I
have the information of the money my late husband deposited in Cote
D;Ivoire and his brothers donât know about it, then I should look for good
company outside of our country (Russia) where there are good business
opportunities that will be honest to help me out so that I can make a
better life with this money abroad instead of making problems with the
family relatives because they can kill me. So this is why I left Russia to
Cote D;Ivoire in a discrete manner because I will not go back to Russia
again after the transfer of the fund to your own companyâs bank account and
I meet you in your country for our joint venture.
I am therefore seeking your assistance to help me transfer this money to
your country or any other country of your choice where you deem comfortable
for us to investment with good security. Once the fund arrives to your
account, you will keep 20 percent of the total sum as your own for your
help and I will keep 10 percent on me for my personal usage. Then the
remaining of 70 percent will be used for our joint venture which shall be
fully under your control for more profit making. WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT
Let me ask you, Can you help me to get residence permit in your country?
Can I be a partner to your company with this fund? Can you lead to us
making a lifelong joint business investment? I need answers to these
Thank you so much for your time taken to go through my email and have it
mind that everything I explained to you in this email is true and not just
ordinary story. Also, this transaction is 100% risk free and the fund is
genuine and clean, not government fund, stolen money, drug money or money
laundry. This is for your kind information and security guaranty.
As soon as I have your answer to this email confirming our joint
partnership, I will give you the name and contact information of the bank
where the money is, so that you can communicate directly with the bank
officers in charge for the quick transfer to your own bank account, to
enable us our uniting in your country the soonest for our joint venture
establishment. With all sincerity, I want you to know that my intension of
contacting you is GOOD not bad. So my dear, I want you to be relaxed to
help me out as soon as possible with the understanding that this project is
for the good benefits of us both.
Kindly extend my warmth greetings to all the members of your family and
hope to meet you face to face soon after you have received this fund in
Mrs.Albina Borya .