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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:
- "a security company " (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: marina david <email@example.com>
Reply-To: marina david <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:44:59 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Good Day,
however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you My name is Marina David I am now 22 years old girl and the only daughter of my late parents Mr. and Mrs.Tobias David .My father was a highly reputable business man (a coacoa merchant) he operated in the capital city of Ivory coast during his days.My fathers died mysteriously in a plane crash during one of his business trips in abroad on 7th.october 2011.Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time.
My mother died when I was just 4 years old on child birth according to what my father told me,The time for her delivery was complete and the doctor did not know because according to my father the doctor told them that my mother was not Going through labour because according to his own prediction my mother had about one month more to deliver. So before they rialise she was onlabour, it has taken about two days and she became very weak and couldnot make it during child delivery.Since then my father took me so special.
Before his death on october 7/ 2011 which came to me as asuprise,
I have stoped schooling because i cant afford to pay for my school fees anymore. why becouse the way my uncle is madtreating me is very bad,There is this Amount of Money Five Million U.S Dollars ($ 5 Million USD) which my late Father Mr.Tobias David kept for me in a security company here in Abidjan,Cote D'Ivoire before he was killed becuase of his Cocoa Farm Plantation in Cote D'Ivoire.
after the death of my late parents, I have decided to invest these money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside this country for security purposes.I want you to help me for this matter as i need this money to leave outÂ from this country because the money staying in the security company is not giving me any joy. I am explaining my condition to you because of the situation i am facing here in my uncle's house. my uncle dont know that my father deposited this money in the security company so please i need you to help me stand as my late father buisnass pathner in abroad, i sopourse to take the money by myself but my father was made agreemant with the security company the money will be giving to me whan i am 30years old but or i come with soon one that will help me to invest the money into a very good buisness for me to continuo my education,
Please,I really need your urgent help that you help me to receive this box to your desination adress to see that you receive this box peacefuly to your country for investment purposes as my late father advice me as his only daughter to look for a partner in abroad that can help me with trust to invest this money on the followings,Â
right now i have no choice of my own even if you are from a christian family or Muslam what i need from you is honest that you will never betray me as soon as you receive this money from the security company as of me i am from a muslim family as you can see my familys name, becouse i have never experiance about this befor, so please if you know that you can not help me with all your mind please i am advise you to tell me that you will never betray me at last the money get into your position,
May the lord bless you for me with all your familys,