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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Miss bitriz Caliex <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Miss bitriz Caliex <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2015 21:12:55 +0900 (JST)
Subject: to your attn.
My Name is Miss. bitriz Caliex,from Philippines, I know you will be surprise to receive this message, but Before I go further I will like you to understand that I am writing to you With due respect trust and humanity, I have decided to contact you after much thought considering the fact that we have not meet before, but because of the circumstance obliged me, I decided to contact you due to the urgency of my present situation in the refugee camp, honestly I am writing to you with pains, tears and sorrow from my heart. My Late father Mr.Geo H. Caliex who was Oil Service Contractor in Cote d'Ivoire before he died with my mother in October 15, 2013 in deadliest earthquake in the island province of Bohol, located in Central Visayas here in Philippines. Everything that my late father had was destroyed by the earthquake, before the sudden death of my beloved father he deposited the sum of (will be communicated to you upon your response) with a financial
institution in Cote d'Ivoire where he was working as Oil Service Contractor, he made the deposit in my name as next of kin as his only child.
As next of kin to this deposit after the death of my parents I did all I can to travel from Philippines down to Cote d'Ivoire, right now I am in Abidjan commercial city of Cote d'Ivoire to withdraw the money so that I can start a better life and also further my education. But on my arrival the financial institution foreign Operation Department Director whom I meet in person told me that my late father instructed their institution that the fund would only be release to me when I am married or I will present a trustee / partner who will help me to invest the fund in any country after the transfer of the fund, the financial institution told me that my late father said that the fund must be transferred abroad for investment in a hotel business, this is why the financial institution ask me to go and look for a foreign partner whom they will transfer the fund to his account, this was why I decided to contact you, which I believe that you are going to be honest
and reliable person that will help me and stand as my trustee / partner, so that I can present you to the financial institution for the transfer of the inheritance fund into your account abroad,It is my intention to compensate you with 30% of the total fund for your services and help and the balance shall be my capital in the establishment in your country. As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest I will put things into action, in the light of the above, I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction, awaiting your urgent and positive response,
I am giving you all this detailed information with every transparency believing that you will have a clear picture of the base of help I need from you.
I Hope to Heard frome You Soon,
Miss bitriz Caliex