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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:
- "huge amount of money" (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)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: mathew collins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2016 13:51:28 +0000
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship
with you. I got your contact from the International web site directory. I
prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to it's
esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me as a reputable and
trust worthy person I can do business with and by the recommendations I
must not hesitaate to confident in you for this simple and sincere
I am mathew collins the only son of late Mr and Mrs George collins. My
father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan,the economic capital of
Ivory Coast before he was poisoned to death by his business associates on
one of their outing to discus on a business deal. When my mother died on
the 21st October 2012, my father took me special because i am motherless.
Before the death of my father on 30th June 2014 in a private hospital here
in Abidjan. He secretly called me on his bedside and told me that he has a
sum of $12.500.000 (Twelve Million, five hundred thousand dollars) left in
a suspense account in a local Bank here in Abidjan, that he used my name as
his first son for the next of kin in deposit of the fund.
He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth and some huge
amount of money his business associates supposed to balance his from the
deal they had that he was poisoned by his business associates, that I
should seek for a God fearing foreign partner in a country of my choice
where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose, (such
as real estate management). Sir, i am honourably seeking your assistance
in the following ways.
1) To provide a Bank account where this money would be transferred to.
Moreover Sir, i am willing to offer you 15% of the sum as compensation
for effort input after the successful transfer of this fund to your
designate account overseas. please feel free to contact me
Anticipating to hear from you soon.
thanks mathew collins