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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)
- "hundred thousand united state dollars" (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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Favour Manis <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Favour Manis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:24:06 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear,
Please I will like you to consider to accept this my proposal despite that it will be suprise to you since we have not known or written before, I prayed over it before contact you as the spirit directed,
and I Believe that you are a reputable and trust worthy person that I can do business with,I must not hesitate to confide in you for this sincere business
My full name is Favour Manis the only duagther of late Mr.and Mrs.Joseph Manis My father was a very good business gold and cocoa merchant based in Accra,Ghana and Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and father of most powerful politicians here in Abidjan Cote,divoire my father was poisoned to death before the election in cote d,ivore 2010 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 his death in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of Three million five hundred thousand United State Dollars. USD ($3,500,000.00) left in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan , that he used my name as his only daugther 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 ssociates 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 management or hotel management .
Friend, I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:
(1) To provide a new empty bank account which this money would be transfer. if you dont want us to use your personal account .
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since i'm still a little girl.
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.
Friend,after successful transfer of this fund i will give you 10% to conpersate for your effort, and 5% for any expencies you make during the transfer,
that is 15% that means you will have 15% from the total fund as compensation for your effort/ input after the successful transfer of this fund into your account overseas. Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within four (4) days you signify interest to assist me.
waiting your respond