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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (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)
- "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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- +22508695944 (Cote d'Ivoire, probably a prepaid mobile phone)
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: SAMUEL AND HELEN BEREWAN <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: SAMUEL AND HELEN BEREWAN <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 1 May 2017 00:42:35 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Please We Need Your Urgent Assistance
Our Greetings to you
Good Day and God bless you as I introduce myself to you with all faith and hope you will understand us and not to betray us or let us down at the end.
My name is SAMUEL and my sister's name is HELEN BEREWAN. We are the children of late CHIEF MAXWELL BEREWAN, I am 17 Years old, our father died years ago in our country home town TAIMA,Republic of Sierra Leone, He was into legal solid minerals, diamonds and gold mining saleing which was under his positions in government then, and he has succeeded in saving (US$9.500,000.00) Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars, during his Business on legal solid minerals, diamonds and gold mining selling, After he went on a trip to Republic of Cote D'Ivoire country nearby our country to save his money for security reasons because of the political problems in our country, as our father return back to our country Unfortunately he is dead the rebels kills him and I will not want this money to be kept like that without any investment purpose please we are contacting you with full trust to assist and help us to transfer this money out from here to your country for investment purpose hoping that you will not let us down.
After the death of our father, our mother took us to Abidjan Ivory Coast here we are right now and our mother died here in Ivory Coast in a private hospital because of the injuries she sustained during the war Now we are alone in a totally strange country without parents at our tender ages.
Before our mother's death she advice us that we should do praying and fasting to find a trust worthy person who will help us to stand as our late fatherâs foreign business partner, who would help us to transfer this money to his account and invest it in a profitable business venture in his country and also help us to come over to his country and stay with him as his own blood children and continue our education which terminated because of the war in our country, She told us to do this quickly so that we can leave Ivory Coast and then settle down in abroad because of the political problems here now in ivory coast.
Our mother gave us all the vital documents which covers the deposited money in the bank, she told us that our late father reached an agreement with the bank that this money is for onward transfer to a foreign account to any of his foreign business partner but our late father did not introduce any name to the bank as his foreign business partner, that is why we are contacting you to help us to stand as our late fatherâs foreign business partner so that the bank will transfer this money US$9.500,000.00 million to your account, our father used my name as the only son to deposited the money as next of kin. Our mother made us to know that this is the reason why we run to this country Ivory Coast. My mother died after words. May her spirit rest in perfect peace.
I am always visited the bank to make inquires on how to transfer this money out from here and we have discussed with the director of the bank who assured and promised to help us to transfer this money to any of my late father's foreign business partners immediately within 72 working hours as soon as provide my late fathers foreign business partners details to the bank he also said that my father did not introduce any name to the bank as his foreign business partner that i should submit my late fathers foreign business partner details to the bank, however the manager is very concerned because of our age. I am 17 years while my younger sister is 15, he also told us that our late father reached an agreement with they bank that the money is for onward transfer to a foreign account and entered my name as the next of kin, he pleaded that I should look for any of my late fathers foreign business partners in abroad who will help us to transfer this money out of here to his account.
We need help from you to help us submit your name to the bank as our fathers foreign business partner and transfer this money to your account for investment purpose and be sincere to get travailing papers for us and invert us to your country without cheating us or doing bad to us on my arrival with my younger sister.
Regarding to what our late mother told us, we are willing to give you 30% of the total money after the transfer of the money to your account and you will use the rest to invest it in good business, I am interested in any profitable business or commercial venture which you consider very good in your country or abroad to invest this money, please mail us immediately urgent to know your stands before looking elsewhere, because you're the first person we are contacting and also send your phone number as soon as possible for easier communication.
Now permit me to ask these few questions:-
1. Can you honestly help me as your own person?
2. Can we completely trust you?
3. Hope my percentage offer is good accepted by you?
Please, Treat this email confidential and get back to us as soon as possible. Please for security reasons reply to our privet EMAIL ADDRESS (firstname.lastname@example.org ) please you can call us with this number (+225-0869-5944)immediately for more information.
Samuel and Helen Berewan.