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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:
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: Mary Dominic <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Mary Dominic <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2017 04:25:18 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hi Dear Respond back To Me
Hi Dear Respond back To Me
Good day,may the blessings of God be upon you and grant you the wisdom and sympathy to understand my situation and how much I need your help, My name is Mary Oriane Dominic, from Cote D'Ivoire iam the only daughter of Mr. Dominic. My late father went to Buarke, the northern part of the country to negotiate for the purchase of a cocoa plantation when he was shot by the rebels and was killed. The death of my father made me an orphan and thereby exposed me to dangers. Before my fathers death, He told me as his only surviving Child, that he had deposite in one of the Banks here in abidjan the sum of $ 6.4 (Six million four hundred thousand dollars). and my name was used as the next of kin. In my culture, when a man dies, if he does not have a male child, the brothers shares his property leaving both the wife and the daughters empty. including the house they live in. This is exactly the case i have. As I am th e only daughter of my father, because I lost my
mother when I was just 5 years old and my father refused to re-marry another wife because he felt solely responsible for my mother's death.
This is so because he concentrated much on his businesses that he rarely pays attention to domestic affairs. He was always traveling taking care of his businesses and political meeting that he did not notice when my mother took ill. He thought it was a minor illness and was ignorant of this. My mother on her own resorted to self-medication. It was not until the illness degenerated that my father took my mother to hospital where she was diagnosed to find out that hepatitis had eaten d eep into her blood stream. She didn't last long before she died. This happened when I was barely a year old. Based on this, my father could not forgive himself easily because of it and said he was responsible for her death as he could have saved her if only he had paid attention to t he things at home rather than concentrating much on his politice. Despite all entreaties by friends and relatives, he refused to remarry but ensured that I had everything that I wanted. It was
as a result of this that he made me the next of kin to his fund deposit with the Banks and stated that in the event of any eventuality, I should have a direct access to the deposit only when I am 27 years of age otherwise, I should have a guardian/partner intercede on my behalf for the release of the deposit to me. unfortunately, he died when i was up to the age.
This is why I have contacted you to serve as a guardian to me and as my foreign partner for the transfer and investment of the fund overseas. My uncles does not know about the fund because they had already taken my father's houses and other properties because I am a girl and they said I do not have rights for any property. They have requested to have my father's bank papers bu t I simply told them that I do not know where he kept them. The younger brother took the house in the house in the village. I had at various times had discussions with the director of international remittance unit of the Bank where my father deposited the funds and I was assured that once, I have someone who would be willing to receive the funds on my behalf, they shall commence all proceedings to effect the release and transfer of the deposit to the person's. I will be waiting for your respond on my private email
Mary Oriane Dominic