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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Tereza Dijiriga <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:51:11 +0500 (UZT)
Subject: Am waiting to hear from you please
From Mrs.Tereza Dijiriga 1002 Rue Des Jardens Abidjan 01 BP 452 Cote D`ivoire
I hope you received my message last week about the estate ? Please I am still waiting for your reply to proceed with you,am sick now but will introduce you to my son to proceed with you on the project.Send me your direct number to call you for oral discussion.
My name is Mrs. Tereza Dijiriga. I am married to late Dr. Dijiriga who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year October 2003. We were married for twenty years with a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for four days.
When my late husband was alive we deposited the sum of US$3,500, 000.00 Million with one of good banks here in Cote d'Ivoire. Presently, this money is still with the bank. I have been diagnose with Esophageal cancer , recently my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to my cancer Problem.
Having known my condition I decided to donate this Fund to a God fearing individual That will invest part of this funds in a good business for a good future and receive my only son to continue his education in your country.I to present you to the bank where this funds is lodged and I agreed with my son to give you %20 of the total amount for your assistance and investing part of the funds while my son is in school.
I am waiting to hear from you and introduce you to the bank and my son.
Remain blessed Mrs.Tereza Dijiriga