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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:
- "your humble assistance" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Miss Eleev Belaid <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:08:27 -1200
Subject: Please Dear, I need an investment Manager
Good day to you and your family, i want to use this moment to communicate you privately, I apologize if the contents of this letter are contrary to your moral ethics, I am really happy sending you this letter to know some one like you in my life. Let start from here to know ourselves and see what the future will hold to each other. I am Eleev Belaid a Tunisian by nationality, 26 year old single female and never married before, a first year university student and studying medicine.
My Father, Mr M. C. Belaid worked with the Arabian Gulf Oil and Gas Company as top senior officer in Tripoli Libya and also was purchasing a large quantities of metric tons of raw organic Cotton. He was into exportation of cottons from Burkina Faso Agro-business product company before his sudden death as he was killed by the rebels (al-Qaeda terrorists) on 20th October 2011 during the civil war in Libya. They attacked our house one early morning killing my Mother and my Father. I was not a victim of death because i was not living with my parent but was at the school Dormitory when the incident took place, after i have confirmed the death of my parent, i traveled back to Tunisia (my country) where my Father had his Siblings and investments/properties, my wicked uncle who had been controlling my late Father's investments/properties whom i met in person said that i have no right according to tradition and custom of the land to inherit my late Father's investments because i am a female and my Mother didn't have a male child for my Father since i am the only child for my parent. My attempt to go into argument with him he threaten to killed me which made me to ran away for my dear life.
Firstly, I don't have another option than to let you know about this so that you can help me out, but before the war got out of hand in Libya, my late Father moved all his funds into one of the European Banks. The amount that was moved to European bank was a total of $5,800,000 Million USD. I had applied to bank for the release of the funds to me, so that I could start a new business, but the bank Directors told me that my late Father left a "Note"(WILL) in the form of conditions, that the bank Must Not release the funds to me until I have an experienced of investing the funds into a very good business venture, and the "Will" also stated that I should present an experienced business partner/manager before the bank, who would assist me in investing wisely.
This then brought me to the issue of searching for a reputable and trustworthy person who would be my investment manager over the transaction with the European Bank and who has vast experiences in profitable businesses, where to invest the funds into. I want you to tell me more about good investments in your country, so that I will move this fund into your account in your country so that I can relocate my investment plan to your country. Tell me more about your country. How good it will be to invest in your country. I will appreciate whatever result you may brief me. Do let me know your idea and knowledge regarding these or any other profitable investment you may suggest. After the whole deal and the fund is released, You will be rewarded with 30% of the total amount for your participation and also any future investment profit you are entitle of 10% as your benefit.
Please, am seeking your humble assistance to accept the below responsibilities:
1. To stand as my Foreign investment Manager over the transaction.
2. You are to provide any account for the transaction (either empty account or existing account.)
3. After the transaction, you shall recommend a good university where to complete my studies.
Honestly, my days are not good since i came over here in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in this prison called refugee camp. We are only allowed to go out on Mondays and Fridays of the weeks. It s just like one staying in the prison and i hope by God's grace and with your future assistance i will come out here soon.
Reply soonest to proceed.
Miss Eleev Belaid