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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:
- "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 borya <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:05:27 +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 brothers in-law, since after my husbands funeral.
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 taheyre seriously on my neck with conspiracy with the family lawyer to release to them my late husbands properties. The family problem according to them is because I didnt 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 husbands 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 dont 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 companys 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 THIS PLAN?
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 questions, please.
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 your account.
Mrs.Albina Borya .