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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:
- "million 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)
- ",000,000" (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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Adrrana Ella <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Adrrana Ella <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:21:24 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Miss Adrrana ella
Let me inform you of my desire to make a case of US $
11,000,000 (eleven million dollars USD) with you, My name, Adrrana
ella,and I'm 22 I'm the only girl my late father, Mr. Koine Ella Daniel,
who was mayor of the town of Cocody in Abidjan in Ivory Coast and close
to former President Laurent Gbagbo, after the capture of the former
president by the French armed.
My father took us into exile in
Ghana. 1year after my father Tomba seriously ill he was admitted to the
private clinic D'Acra Ghana Centre where he was killed. Before his
death on 17 février2012 in this private clinic, he secretly called me on
his bed hospital to inform me that he has a sum of $ 11 million US
(eleven million dollars USD) Stuck in a (finance company security) here
in Abidjan, and made me confirm that I am the direct descendant of
that sum he told me that I should find someone abroad in a country of
my choice who could m 'help transfer and help me invest my money in a
profitable area after the death of my father I went to the company
withdrew the money to the director of the company told me that it was
my father had left strict instructions concerning assets.
director told me that the money was intended to have a foreign partner
who will find my father has never mentioned the name of the foreign
partner to the company he was led to believe that $ 11 million was to
its associate and foreign partner avoided that his money was frozen by
the party in power today
Please help me for the love of God,
Miss Adrrana ella