fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
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)
- "urgent assistance" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Lora Willams <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Lora Willams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:06:32 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear
Please I will like you to consider to accept
this my proposal despite that will be suprise to you since we have not known or written each other before. am Mis Lora Willams, i am from cote d ivoire in west Africa.the only daughter of Late Dr.FERDINARD WILLAMS, am 20 -years, old , I wish to request for your urgent assistance in my investment plans in your base, I wish to invest in manufacturing and real estate management
in your base, because of my inherited and important sum from my late father who was poisoned to death recently.
My father was a very good business gold and cocoa merchant based in Accra,Ghana and Abidjan (Ivory Coast), he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their business trips recently.
Before his sudden death,He called me on his bedside at the hospital and told me about the money he deposited in the bank with my neme as next of kin for security reasons,the amount was ($6.5 Million USD) which he deposited in one of the prime bank.
My uncle has seized all my late father's properties of which he want me to provide every other documents related to my late father's bank deposit I refused. Now my life is in a very big danger, for this reason I have to look for my safety for my coming over to meet you immediately after the transfer of this my money to your account. Now my uncle is going around cote d ivore, looking for me to collect all the documents that covers this money, please i need your urgent help to transfer the money into your bank account, and also making arrangement for me to be coming over to your country after the transfer
and stay with you to continue my education in your country,mean while after the successful of the transfer of this fund i will give you 20% of the total money for helping me transferring the money
to your account,while you will use the rest of the money to invest in a very good business of your choice since i am 20 years, so all i need is your help,to enable me get back my right.
waiting to hear from you.
best Regards lora