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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Toure Kone" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:40:32 -0400
Subject: Re: "VERY URGENT"
My name is Mr. Toure Kone an agent to formal president of CÃ´te d'Ivoire Mr. Laurent Gbagbo who is currently in jail, Iâm writing to inform you that Mr. Laurence kept ($900million) under my care and the fund was meant for back up fight against the French and African Union troops during the civil war.
Now he found himself in jail, after my last visit to Mr. Laurent Gbagbo we decided to use the fund for investment in your country to enable him have some business running while in jail, if these interest you and you are capable of working with me, you can come down to neighboring country (Ghana) for a meeting with me and I promise you that you are not going to spend any of your money, for this is not a scam story.
Please send me your contact number for further discussion.
Mr. Toure Kone.