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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:
- "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)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "urgent assistance" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Julian Guehi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Julian Guehi <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:39:59 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: From Julian Guehi.
Â Greetings My Dear
With due respect i want you to spare little of your time and carefully read my mail because i am writing this Â mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart. Please if for any reason you find this mail offensive you Â can ignore it and do accept my apology for any inconvenience it may have cost you to read. I contact you after going through your profile and my prayers over it in my search for a honest and trusted one for help.
My name is Julian Guehi, 21yrs old female from Kenya. I am the only daugher of Hon Dr. Phillip Guehi. the former Kenyan Road Minister who died in a plane crashed on the Tuesday 10th, June, 2008
My predicaments started after the death of my father. After the burial of my father, my stepmother and uncle conspired and sold my father's properties to foreign expert rate which they shared the money among themselves and left nothing for me. I lost my mother long time ago, and since then i have been through hard times in the hands of my step mother, it has been so tough and sufferings for me since the death of my late parents.
Before my father's death, he told me that he made a fixed deposit of the sum of Seven Million Two Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($7.200.000.00) in one of the Banks here in republic of cote d'ivoire, with my name the beneficiary, I travelled down to republic of cote d'ivoire and confirmed his statement positively from the bank. But on my arrival to the bank, the Bank Director who I meet in person told me that my father's instruction to their bank was that the money would only be release to me when i present a foreign trustee who will assist me in the transfer process and also for the investment of the fund oversea
I decide to contact you personally seeking for your urgent assistance in transferring of my inheritance fund into your bank account and also for investment assistance in your country as my appointed trustee as the bank request, the bank said that they must keep to my late father's instruction on the deposit of the fund and immediately get a foreign partner who will assist me, they shall not delay in the transfer of the fund considering my present condition over here.
I have suffered lots of set back as a result of my parents death and am counting on you to rescue me from my present condition here over here and give me a better living over there in your country.At the success of the fund transfer in your account, I decide offering you 15% of the total funds for your kind help. I will be waiting for your urgent reply so that i will send you more details regarding the transfer.
Please do keep this only to yourself till the fund is successfully transferred to you. I beg you not to disclose it till i come over because I am afraid of my wicked stepmother who has threatened to kill me and have the money to herself, I am lucky today that am out from my country Kenya and am now in republic of cote d'ivoire where my late father deposited the money and i have been confirmed by the bank with the documents i have at hand for the transfer, after i receive your reply, in my next mail to you i will give you more details and send you my picture. Â I am waiting to hear from you as soon as possible.