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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.
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: idris sankoh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: idris sankoh <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:23:24 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: DEAREST ONE
Dearest ONEI am Mr.Idris Â Sankohmo Â from Benin Republice in West Africa. I am 22 years old and the only son of my late parents Mr. and Mrs Sankohmo. Â I have a problem which I need help from you, however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour it against your wish.
My father was a highly reputable business man (a coacoa merchant) My father died mysteriously in Paris capital city during one of his business trips abroad on 24th October, 2012.Though his sudden death was suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who traveled with him at that time. But God knows the truth! My mother died when I was just 3 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 labor because according to his own prediction my mother had about one month more to deliver. So before they rialise she was on labour, it has taken about two days and she became very weak and could not make it during child delivery.Since then my father took me so special. Before his death on October 24,2012 which came to me as a surprise.
Before my father's death,there was 2 document of deposit my father gave to me concerning the fund he deposited here in my country to the tune of (USD $12.500,000) left in a Trust company which according to him,he propossed using for a foreign business expansion. Upon this information, Â I have gone to the Trust company Â where the money is deposited,to find out, according to what my father said to me. My father deposited this money un behalf of his foreign business associate whose name was not given.They are therefore asking me to forward to them for claim the name of the Beneficiary of this money. So I want you to come and stand as my fathers foreign business Associate who this money is made for. But please I beckon on you by the mercies of Almighty God to be faithull to me and pls be sincere and honest in this matter.I will like to come over to your country and finish my school get a better job and exterblish for my future life.If you like we can as well go into a joint business of any type in your country. Pls if this mail is acceptable by you I will like yo to send to me the following informations:1.your occupation,home address and telephone contact.
Thank you very much for keeping the trust.Idris Â Sankohmo.