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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:
- "my names are " (a common phrase found 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: Marie Gbagbo<email@example.com>
Date: 08 Aug 2017 03:09:13 +0700
Subject: Investment funds
From: Marie Gbagbo
Greetings, I got your esteem contact out of desperate search for a reliable and trustworthy person. I am working with my father's directive to make reliable contacts. I am the daughter of ex President Gbagbo, of (Republic of Cote d' Ivoire). My names are Marie Antoinette Singleton Gbagbo. In 2010 Presidential Election in (Republic of Cote d' Ivoire) there was a serious conflict between my father and the main opposition leader, Mr. Alassane Ouattara currently the President of (REPUBLIC OF
COTE D' IVOIRE).
The conflict resulted to my father's arrest, whom is presently facing prosecution and awaiting trial under the United Nation for genocide at the International Criminal Court (ICC) Netherlands, while my mother, Simone Gbagbo is serving a 20 years jail term for what the government of (Republic of Cote d' Ivoire) said she had interference into the State Affairs.
Currently am in Netherlands because of my father's first trial on Feb 3, 2016, my father told me privately that I should try and start building my spirit for the inevitable, also gave me information of a security vault where he made deposit of huge funds while he instructed that the funds should be invested properly in a profitable oriented investment of less tax.
Please if you are business oriented and you know a very good investment you can invest our funds in, please get back to me as soon as possible so we can have mutual agreement and understanding.
If you find this letter offensive, kindly ignore it and accept my apology.
Mrs. Marie Gbagbo.