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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:
- "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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Edith Adams Mahama <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 04:55:06 -0400
Subject: Please I Need You As My Investment Manager
Dear Sir/ Madam,
I am writing this message with tears and sorrow from my heart asking for your urgent help and assistant. I have passed through pains and sorrowful moment since the death of my late father. I âm Edith Adams Mahama 24yrs old, Single girl, from Bolgatanga- Ghana, the daughter of Late Alhaji Adams Mahama, who was The Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the CEO of Adams Mahama Company Limited. My father died in the hospital after acid was poured on him by two unidentified men on Thursday, May 21, 2015, when he was returning from his construction site late in the night.
Read more about my father's death: http://pulse.com.gh/news/npp-chairman-dies-who-is-mahama-adams-id3788957.html
After the burial of my step mother and my father's relatives has seized all my father's properties including his company and throw me out from my father's house, which led me to staying with my Grand-Mother who is 84 years old.
Please I am seeking for your help and investment assistance, before the death of my father he made fixed deposited of Six million five hundred thousand United States Dollars (USD$6,500,000.00) in Coris Bank International with my name according my father's lawyer after reading my father's WILL, but he said that the money can only be release to me when I am married or i should Present a Foreign Trustee who will stand on my behalf to invest the money into a profitable business venture Overseas.
Please the main reason why I am contacting you is for you to stand as my Foreign Trustee and provide your bank account to enable the bank to release the money and transfer into your bank account as my Foreign Trustee since I have not married.
For your kind assistant, I am willing to compensate you with 30% of the total money, while the remaining balance shall be my capital investment in any profitable business venture over there in your country. Please I really need your help because there's nothing I can do without your help and assistant base on my father's policy place against the money.
Waiting for your reply me for more details via my private mailbox: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Edith Adams Mahama