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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "will come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Nona Deboh <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Nona Deboh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:16:06 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Miss Nona Deboh.
>From Miss Nona Deboh.
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship
with you.I am quite aware that my message will come to you as a surprise
because it is indeed very strange for someone you have not met before to
contact you in this regard.
I am Miss Nona Deboh 25years and the only Child of late Chief Daniel Deboh..
My father was a very wealthy Gold and Cocoa merchant in Abidjan, the
economic capital of Cote d'Ivoire, my father was poisoned to death by his
business associates on one of their outings on a business trip.
My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so
special. Before the death of my father on 10th January 2014 in a private
hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me
that he has the sum of (USD2.5million) left in fixed / suspense account in
one of the bank here in Abidjan, that he used my name as her only
child for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund.
He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was
poisoned by his business associates. That I should seek for a foreign
partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use
it for investment purpose such as real estate or hotel management.
So, i will like you to help me claim the fund befor it will be late.
Miss Nona Deboh.