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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: CAMILLA KENANI <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: CAMILLA KENANI <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:55:12 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Miss Camilla Kenani
>From Miss Camilla Kenani
I am Miss Camilla Kenani and I am 19 years old orphan and the daughter of the former president of Cocoa farmers association of Ivory Coast, Currently I have left the university campus where i was studying Medicine because of threats to my life as my father was a big Financier to the former outsted President Laurent Gbagbo who is now in prison in Hague for war crime offences.
I have a sum of $7.8 Million USD to be retrieved from a bank which my late father who died during the cvil war of the Ivory Coast presidential elections deposited but registered on my behalf as the only child. I have the documents and I am the next of kin and heir.
I don't,want this fund invested here, please if you can help me kindly email me back for more
Your prompt reply will be highly appreciated.
Miss Camilla Kenani Carr