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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:
- "waiting for your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Yapi Samson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Yapi Samson <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:10:33 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Appeal for assistance
Â Appeal for assistance
Greeting in the name of our God,I am Yapi Samson, the only surviving child of late Mr & Mrs Desire AssÃ©gnini Yapi,The former Interior minister in Laurent Gbagboâs government,please do not betray me.
My late parents,Mr & Mrs Desire AssÃ©gnini died of shrapnel wounds sustained when members of the Republican Forces stormed the presidential palace to arrest Mr.Gbagbo on April 12, 2011.
You can find out this on the web page Ivory Coast arrest of the former president Laurent Gbagbo http://www.afriqueavenir.org/en/2011/04/13/gbagbo-minister-dies-from-shrapne l-wounds/
He was the acting Minister of Interior in the government that was formed following that agreement before his appointment in the after match of the 28 November post election crisis as the general secretary of the presidency.
I want you to help receive my inheritance in your country,I am prepared to give you 20% percentage of the total amount,as commission for assisting me. According to the bank last week,they said that I am the only person that can direct them on where and when to make the transfer.
I am pleading you as a God fearing person to help me in the following ways,
1) Receive my inheritance in any of your country.
2) To serve as my guardian.
3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education as soon as my inheritance is transferred to your account.
4) To help me invest part of the money in a profitable ventures while I go back to school.
I will be waiting for your urgent response and phone call as soon as you read this mail for more details.
God bless You