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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Flora" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:01:04 +0100
Subject: Re Dear One Greeting to you
Dear One Greeting to you
please kindly receive this letter with peace of mind and with due respect as it might be very strange to you since I haven`t communicated you or know each other before, I am looking for a capable person from your country that will be able to assist me to invest/manage my inheritance fund ( 2.5 million Euro) which my late father left behind for me and my only junior sister, I and my junior sister were victims of war from Cote d`Ivoire, our late father was killed by rebels because he was a strong party member of the former President Gbagbo and was a Cacao beans Merchant. We lost our beloved mother 6 years ago for breast cancer after painful surgery.
Please we are seeking for your kind assistance to help us to come and invest our inheritance fund into hotel business in your country or any other secured profitable investment you can manage on our behalf because we do not have any business experience before to manage the huge sum of ( 2.5 million Euro) we inherited from our late father`s account. I am 22 yrs old and my junior sister is 20 yrs old. I need your co-operation and assistance in building a Tourist Hotel or Real Estate in Your country with the money. we inherited from our late father`s account. to help me and my junior sister to come over to your peaceful country to accomplish this plan under your care
I am sorry if this is not in line with your business I will also need your good advice to link us up with any good business in your country that you can manage on our behalf while we furthering our studies till we can take over in the coming future. as I need an experienced person to assist us set up, develop the project with this money to secured our bright future under your control you immediate reply will be highly appreciate to receive your urgent useful reply as soon as you receive this message with your private cell phone number.
For further Details kindly reply us
Felix & Flora