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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "huge amount of money" (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)
- "million united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Elizabeth Laboso <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Elizabeth Laboso <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:36:05 +0000 (UTC)
Â Good day to you my beloved one, I am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart. I am Mrs. Elizabeth Lorna Laboso, a 23 years old girl from Kenya, My father was Late Lorna Laboso the former Kenyan Assistant Minister of Home and affairs, who was among the plan that crashed in a remote area called Kalongâs, in western Kenya.
The plane crashed occurred on Tuesday 10th, June, 2008. You can read more about the crash with the below web site. http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/06/10/kenya.crash/index.html
After the burial of my late father, my stepmother and my uncles conspired and sold my fatherâs properties to an Expert rate in Switzerland which the shared the money among themselves and left me nothing, One faithful morning, I opened my father's briefcase and found out a documents that my Late Father deposited a huge amount of money in Eco bank Burkina Faso with my name as the next of kin.
After then I visit Burkina Faso to withdraw the money for a better life so that I can take care of myself and start a new life, on my arrival over there, the Bank Director whom I meet in person Mr. Baryshev Boris told me that my father left an instruction to the bank, that the money should be release to me when I am married or I present a trustee who will help me and invest the money overseas. That is the reason why I am in search of a honest and reliable person who will help me and stand as my trustee for the Bank to transfer the money to his bank account.
I will like you to help me to relocate to your country because my stepmother has threatened to assassinate me once she knows my were about. The amount is($9.4 USD nine point four million United State Dollars, I have confirmed from the bank in Burkina Faso, You will also help me to place the money in a more profitable business venture in your Country. However, you will help me by recommending a nice University in your country so that I can complete my studies.
It will be my pleasure to compensate you with 30% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my capital, with your kind idea for me to invest under your control over there in your country. As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest I will put things in order immediately. I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction trustfully and sincerely.
I thank God Today that I am out from my country (KENYA) right now In (Burkina Faso) where my father deposited the money with my name as the next of kin, and I have confirmed from the bank with the Documents I have at hand which I will be sending to you after receiving a good respond from you, I will also be sending to you my picture's in my next mail, thanks and have a nice day.
Mrs. Elizabeth Lorna Laboso