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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:
- "search for a reliable person" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Rosemary Michael <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:31:24 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Good news
Â From Miss Rosemary Michael
I know my message will come to you as asurprise.Don't worry I was totally convinced to write you in reference of the transfer of US$18.5 Million to your account for onward investment Hotel industries in your country, I got your contact address on my desperate search for a reliable person/ company for partnership investments overseas.
I am Miss. Rosemary Michael the only daughter of Mr. N.D. Michael a Sierra Leone, This fund represent the huge Sales of Gold and Diamond he diverted while in office as the director general for Gold and Diamond Mining Co-Operation in Sierra Leone, Mr. N.D.Michael my late father was killed by his business associates because of his business was doing well ,I was told to leave my country to Abidjan the capital city of Ivory Coast for my life sake after my mother too was killed also, according to the Will of my late father before his death he advise me to look for a foreigner who will stand as the beneficiary of the fund on my behalf and invest the fund.
Meanwhile, I am writing to know if you can stand as the co-beneficiary of the fund it is here in Abidjan he deposited the said fund in Security Company as family valuables. I got to know about this information and as well able to recover all the relevant documents regards to this deposit through his foreign advice here in Abidjan.
If you are thus and truly willing to assist me and in transferring of this fund kindly write me through my email address ,More information about the lifting of this funds legally follows immediately after your positive reply
Miss Rosemary Michael