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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:
- "the consignment" (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)
- "consignment " (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Ross Nidalm" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Ross Nidalm" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:35:11 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: I NEED YOUR HELP FROM MRS ROSS NIDAl
Â Dear Sir,
It is my pleasure to introduce myself to you,I am Mrs Ross Nidal MohamedÂ from Ivory CoastÂ and I am a woman of 33 yearsÂ old and I haveÂ only a boy and a girl with my late husband before he died and we both come from the same town in nothern parts of my Country Ivory Coast where my husband have mining site before he was assasinated during the last incubent Government of President Laurent Ghagbo who is presently in international criminal court in Holland.
I am here to inform you that my late husband haveÂ deposited the sum of $ 31.4 Million USD dollars & some quantities of 100kg which he earn from the Gold miningÂ and it was deposited in March 12th 2011 in a safe guided security company here without the information of any one knowing,Â except me who is the beneficiary of the said consignment box since he died on Octomber 2012 and I had been looking for whom to trust with this fund for the investment purposes till now that I decided to contact you secretlyÂ to know whether you can be of any help .
Please be informed that if you know that you can help me without betrayal then let me know the area you will invest this fund that will be profitable for me & you but for your kindest help that you will take 40% of the total sum all together after you claim the fund and the GoldÂ while 60% will be for the investment for 5 years but the annual profit will be shared 50/50 for me and you. Please if you are willing then let me know so that I will direct you to the security company that you will contact to bring the consignment box to Europe, security company appointee for the delivering it to you and my lawyer will meet so that my lawyer will hand you over the consignment box one to one before returning back to Africa.
My best regards to you and I look forward to hear from you ASAP following your phone & fax including residential address.
Mrs Ross Nidal Mohamed