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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:
- "any lucrative business in your country" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "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: Rose kouakou <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Rose kouakou <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:08:38 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Dear,I am sory for baggin into your privacy,
Â Dear,I am sory for baggin into your privacy,
Besides being interested in living and investing in your country, I am Miss. Rose Kouakou the daughter of Mr.Michael Kouakou of Sudan. My father was killed by his business partners on a business trip. Following the problem that cost his
death, I was forced to live my country to Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire where my late father deposited the sum of $(4.800.000.00)Â (FourÂ Million Eight Hundred united state dollars) in one of the security company here in Abidjan.
The money he made during his time as coco merchants in my country. To be honest with you, this is the only inheritance left for me by my late father which i am with the necessary documents concerning this deposited. Now i have succeeded in locating
the security company here in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire and I am soliciting for your assistance to help me to transfer this money into yourÂ country for investments so that we can invest it in any lucrative business in your country because this is my only hope ofÂ life. I have promise to gratify you with 25% of the total sum if you assist me.
Please if you can be of any help, please kindly get back to me with the following requirements:
1. Your full name(s)
2. Full Address
3. Contact telephone number(s)
4. A copy of your Identity so I can be sure of whom I'm dealing with.
In regards to this development, I'm willing to offer you a total sum of 25% of the money after you must have succeeded in
helping me achive this dream.
Thanks and God bless you for taking your time in reading.
Miss Rose Kouakou