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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:
- "hundred thousand 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 orphan scam.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: sandra Hassan <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:52:29 +0000 (UTC)
How is your day today? I am very happy for your respond to my email which I sent to you. Please pardon me if I have interfered into your privacy. My name is Miss Sandra Hassan, 24years of age, I am the only daughter of Late Dr.Suleiman Hassan from Democratic Republic of Congo, my father was the owner of Hassan beverages Industries Limited and also was the minister for commerce and industry in my country during the regime of the former Head of State (late Laurent Kabila). My purpose of contacting you is first to know more about you so that we shall know why the good God has brought us together. Though you have accepted our being friends but I believe God has a bigger and better purpose for us but let us see as we introduce ourselves to each other.
I have some reasonable amount of money which my parents left for me before there untimely death. It was deposited in one of the offshore banks which I shall let you know later when you have shown your interest to stand for me. I want to plan for my future by investing this money in a good and profitable business, but I do not know where to start because I have no idea of such and that is why I got interested in contacting you after praying to my God. And I believe that you will be that honest, gentle and experienced person which I am taking you to be who will be kind and sincere to lead me through the right process to see that this money is profitably invested that is my only hope of planning for my future . Please, do not be surprised or scared because we have not meet or known before making this proposal. My dear it is a matter of urgency and I want you to understand that you are truly dealing with a poor orphan and God will always bless you for being
here for me today
Please, I want you to understand that you are the only person I am revealing this secret to because I thought about this for months before taking this very step and I have also pray that things will work out good between us. The detail is that my father was a successful exporter, producing and exporting beverages. His sad invent occurred during the crisis in my country Congo when he was murdered in his room along side with my mother by unknown assassins.
After the burial of my parents, I faced a very hard time because no body seems to care for me, the situation became worst when raping and cold blood killing became the order of the day. Luckily I escaped to Senegal by the help of a reverend sister who took me to this orphanage home that is built and managed by the Catholic Church organization under Refugee Camp.
So when my father was alive he deposited the sum of Four million Three Hundred Thousand United State dollars ( $4.3 million) in a leading bank which he used my name as the next of kin being his only child. I have some documents that was given to my father by the bank on the day he made the deposit which I have also confirmed its existence and legality from the holding bank. So when my condition became unbearable, I wrote to the bank for them to release some money to me but they clearly told me that my father deposited the money under a comprehensive clause which was putting under agreement between my father and the bank which stipulates that : (1) I must attain the age of thirty years (30yrs ), (2) Get married or (3) I should present a foreign trustee/partner who will stand for me so that the bank will release my inheritance to him on my behalf. The person shall also invest the funds in a very good investment there abroad for my father also warned that
the money must not be invested here or in my country for security reasons.
I tried to explain my reasons for contacting them about the money but they maintained there stand. But the management advised me to look for a reliable person who will help me in the transfer as they cannot go against the already stipulated conditions given by my late father and is putting down as a legal agreement. Thy only promisedÂ to co-operate with any person of my choice when ever they are contacted for the transfer and that is why I contacted you to stand as my partner before the bank and transfer the money to your bank account in your country for our investment together..
Remember I trust you and I have confidence in you and that is why I am giving you all this information. My dear it is for you and you alone and I am not going to share my love with any other man except you if only you will give me the chance to come in and will also love me and give me that sense of belonging which I have been missing since the death of my parents.
I will like to hear your voice through the phone please. So you can call me with this telephone number (+221-77-411-08-69) It is the telephone number of the Reverend Father who is working as a missionary in this orphanage home and also the disciplinarian. He is like a father to all of us living in this home. So please feel free to call me with his telephone number. And whenever you call him please tell him that you want to speak with Miss Sandra Hassan and he will send for me because I am staying in the womenâs hostel here.
My dear,this place is like a prison and life is very difficult and unbearable here and I am hoping that you will kindly accept my request and help me to transfer this money to your bank account in your country so that immediately after the transfer, you can send some money to me so that I can get my traveling documents to start coming to your country to meet with you.
I send my pictures to you and they are the pictures I took there in my home country when the going was good. Anyway I hope you will like them and please do send me your own pictures as well and also tell me more about yourself.
I am hoping to hear from you soonest.
with all my love.