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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:
- "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: Angela Brice <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Angela Brice <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 02:22:23 +0900 (JST)
Subject: I Need Your Assistance
I Need Your Â Assistance
It is my pleasure to write you after consideration, since I can not be able to see you face to face. I am Ms. Angela. Brice, the only Daughter of late Mr Robert Brice from Cote dâIvoire. My father was a liability Cocoa and Gold merchant in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire before his untimely death. After his business trip to Tunisia, to negotiate on a cocoa and gold business he wanted to invest in Tunisia, a week after he came back from Tunisia, he got an accident with my mother of which my mother died instantly but my father died five months after in a private hospital.
It was as if he knew he was going to die, he called me to his bed side and told me that he deposited the sum of $6.500,000.00 in a bank here. The money was meant for his cocoa and gold business he wanted to establish in Tunisia, according to my father he deposited the money in a fixed suspense account using my name as the next of kin, He instructed me to seek for a reliable and trust worthy business partner for my life time investment abroad.Â
Now I have succeeded in locating the deposit documents,i am now seeking for your assistance to help me transfer this money out from my country to your account so that we should invest it in any meaningful and lucrative business in your country because this is my only hope in life. I am willing to offer you 20% of the total fund.
My uncle is trying to kill me over this money because I refused to hand him over the documents covering this money, He has sold all my father's landed properties including his cars which rightful belong to me and now he want me to hand over the banking document in my possession which I refused. Because of this I ran away from home and hide in a chruch here, pending when this money will be transferred. I wait for your response for more details.
I am eagerly waiting to hear from you.
Yours Ms.Angela Brice