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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:
- 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: Ruth Jerry <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:22:16 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: READ CAREFULLY.
From: Ruth Jerry.
It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I intend to establish in your country. Though I have not met with you before but I believe, one has to risk confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life.I am 22 years old There is this amount of $10.5 Million United States Dollar. which my late father deposited with a bank here in Abidjan Cote D'ivoire . which he wanted to used for his political reason in our Country before he was assassinated. Now I have decided to invest these money in your country or any where safe enough outside our country for security and political reasons.
I want you to send me your detals were this fund will be transferd into so that as soon as the money gets to your account I will be coming over to your country to finish my education and also the investment of the money while you will be the maneger of the investment until I finish my education.
I will like to invest part of the money into these three investment in your Country but, if there is any other business that is better than what I am suggestion, I will be very glad to follow your advice.
1). Real estate
2). The transport industry
3). Five star hotel
If you can be of an assistance to me I will be pleased to offer you 20% Of the total fund while the balance will be invested by you.
I await your soonest response.