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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:
- "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: victoria abu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:25:23 +0100
Subject: Hello My Darling
Hello My Darling
My Darling How are you, am Miss Victoria,a Franco-Ivoire.The only Child of
the late Dr.Dupont. Abu. N'Guessan, Who was a Former Minister of Mineral
Resources in Republic Of Cote'D Ivoire during the of Civil War and recently
an Oil Tycoon in Libya and Saudi Arabia.
And one of Shareholder in Al Furat Petroleum Company in Syria (AFPC) the
leader in the region in Reservoir Management. Private shareholder in
General Petroleum Corporation and Exxon Mobil Petroleum Development (EMPD)
based Kurdistan Region of Iraq before his sudden death.
Before the sudden death of my father in a private hospital here in Abidjan,
he secretly called me at his bed side, when I sat down to listen to him, he
started crying and complained that the world is too wicked because of what
is passing through and he also revealed this to me that he has a sum of
amount money deposited in Bank at COTE'D IVOIRE for Oil Field investment in
Prudhoe Bay Oil Field on Alaska's North Slope,
He also explained to me that it was because of his wealth that he is
suffering of the poison he recieved from his business associate suspecting
to be my uncles that desperate to inherit his inheritance after years of
his suffering. That l should seek for your assistance as reseasonable
foreign partner in your country through the Catalog he bought on his last
business trip to your country before his death,he say it's where l will
transfer this money under your watch and use it for proper investment
purpose through your directive and also continue my education under your
guidance in your country there.