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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:
- "hundred thousand us 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)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Miss Sali Garuwa <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Miss Sali Garuwa <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:23:51 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: God bless you.
Â From Sali Garuwa,
Dearest in the Lord,
I am so happy for your health may almighty God be with you by understanding this message. I want to tell you that I really want to build relationship with you. Though we've not met before,but it takes one day for two to be together in unity and peaceful life, I'm Miss Sali Garuwa the only child/daughter of late Mr Richard Garuwa. I am 20years old girl. I lost my parent, and I have an inheritance from my late Father, My parents were very wealthy farmers and cocoa merchant when they were alive, After the death of my Mother, long ago, my Father was controlling his business until he was poisoned by his business associates which he suffered before he died.
Before the death of my father on October 2009 in a private hospital here in Coted'ivoire where he was admitted, he secretly called me on his bed side and disclosed to me about the sum of nine million six hundred thousand US dollars ($9.6million ) he left in suspense account in one of the bank here in Abidjan,
It was the money he intended to transfer overseas for investment before he died, he also instructed me that I should seek for a foreign partner in any country of my choice whom will assist me transfer this money in overseas account where the money will be save and invested wisely, therefore, I am crying and seeking for your kind assistance in the following ways:
(1) To provide a safe bank account where the money will be transferred for investments,
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 20 years old,
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit for me in your country.
I have decided to offer you 15% Of the total amount for your willingness to help me, Please kindly response to my mail immediately with your full personal information, telephone number so that I can call and speak with you on the telephone immediately to confirm your sincere willingness to assist me out in this investment in your country.
I will scan my picture on your next mail ok.
Thanks for your understanding may God bless you in Jesus name Amen,
Miss Sali Garuwa.