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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:
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Alice Adam <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Alice Adam <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 06:22:18 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Miss Alice Adam.
My name is Miss Alice Adam. I am only daughter of Mr. James Adam, My father was Gold and Diamond Merchant based in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire, my father was poisoned to death by his business associates while my mother died when I am little and my father took me so special because I am the only child. Before the death of my father in a hospital here in Cote d$B!G(BIvoire, he secretly called me and told me that he deposited some Gold and a huge sum of ($7 million USD) in the bank here. He also made me understand that it was because of this wealth he was poisoned while on a business trip with them and he instructed me to look for a foreign partner who will help me retrieve this fund out from the bank. Without the knowledge of anybody here. I was dropped out of school because of financial difficulties. i was in contact with the bank they confirmed the fund for me and promised to transfer the fund in any country of my choice. My purpose of contacting you is for you
to help me, as my late father advice me before he died.
1)To retrieve my fund from the bank to your location
2)To make arrangement for me to come to your country to continue my education
3)To utilize this money by investing it in good business.
I am now under hidings to safe my life from any accidental harm that might befall me from them. Please tell me if you will be of assistance to me after your good considerations. I will be glad if you will get back to me soon to tell me of your interest so that i will give you the contact information of the bank for you to contact them on my behalf. I will be introducing you to them. I am kindly waiting for your soonest response.
Miss Alice Adam.