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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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Nora Qattara <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Nora Qattara <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 04:46:04 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good day
Please, I really need you to stand as my guardian. I am Miss Nora Qattara,I am writing to you because i need your assistance to manage the fund that i inherited from my late father Mr.Johnson Qattara. My father was killed before the election here by his plitical asociates and before his death in the hosiptal, he told me that he deposited the sum of $ 8.5 million USD in one of the bank here in Cote d' Ivoire
I am willing to offer you 25% of the total fund if you can help me transfer the funds to your account. I want you to stand as my guardian and appointed beneficiary and the fund will be transfer to your account in your country since i am only 22 years old and without a mother or father. I will come over to join you in your country to compelte my education and start a new life because my uncle want to kill me because of this fund.
Presently, i am out of the family house only to hide for my life pending when the fund will be transferred so that i will leave Cote d' Ivoire completely.
I am waiting for your reply so that i will give you more details and the documents covering the fund for you to verify my claim.
If you have any question ask me.