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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:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "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: roseline jema <email@example.com>
Reply-To: roseline jema <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:16:26 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Please help me for the love of God,
My name is Miss Roseline Jema, Let me inform you of my desire to be a
matter of U.S. $ 11,000,000 (eleven million U.S. dollars U.S. $) with you,
I am 22 years old I am the only daughter of my late father, Mr. Daniel Koine
Jema, who was mayor of the town of Cocody in Abidjan in Ivory Coast and close
to former President Laurent Gbagbo, after the capture of ex-president by the
My father took us into exile in Ghana. 1year after my father became seriously
ill he was hospitalized at the private clinic AIDA Centre Ghana or he died.
Before his death February 17, 2012 in this private clinic, he secretly called
me on his bed hospital to inform me that he has a sum of U.S. $ 11,000,000
(eleven million U.S. dollars U.S. $) Blocked in (finance company security) here
Abidjan and I confirm that I am the direct heir of this sum he told me
that I should find someone abroad in a country of my choice who could help has
transfer and help me invest my money in a profitable area after the death of my
father I went to the company withdrew the money for the director of the company
told me that it was impossible to my father had left strict instructions
The director told me that the money was for a foreign partner has found
there my father has never mentions the name of the foreign partner company he
did believe that the $ 11 million was to its associate and prevented foreign
partner for its money is frozen by the party in power current
Hoping to receive your urgent response.
1)Name of the recipient ......, 2) Address ............., 3) Use ............,
4 Nationality .........., 5) Your age / sex ........., 6) Your marital
status ........, 7) Your direct phone number.........
Please help me for the love of God,
Miss Roseline Jema