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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 states 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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Julliet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Julliet <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:36:20 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Good Day,
This Julliet.God has directed me to you , this is why i am contacting you today with hope you are going to be of assistance to my urgent call to you.Yes, we dont know each other in person but through
this very site i think we have to know each other more better
I am Ms.Juliet, the only daughter of Late Dr.Daniel GUI Raphael. My father was a very
wealthy cocoa merchant based in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast before he was
poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outing to discuss on a business deal.
When my mother died on the 21 October 2003, my father took me so special because I was motherless.
Before the death of my father on the 18th of April 2014, in a private hospital here in Abidjan.
He secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has a sum of US$ 9,500,000.00(Nine
Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) left in a suspense account in a local bank
here in Abidjan. That he used my name as his only daughter for the next of kin in deposit of this
fund. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his
associates, that I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will
transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as Real Estate Management.
I am honorably seeking your assistance in the following ways,
1) To provide a bank account where this money would be transferred.
2) To serve as the guardian of this fund.
3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a
residential permit for me in your country.
Moreover, I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as compensation for your effort input
after the successful transfer of this fund to your account.
Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction
would be concluded within seven (7) days you signify interest to assist me.
Anticipating waiting to hearing from you.
Ms Juliet Raphael.