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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 next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Rose Kunta <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2018 18:40:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: From Rose
From Rose Kunta
Good day and Compliments
I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is the wish of God for you to help me, God Almighty will bless and reward you abundantly. I believe that you can come to my assistance after hearing about my situation.
My name is Miss Rose Kunta, 19 years old girl From Abidjan, Cote divoire. I got your contact when i was looking for one who will help me in recieving my inheritance . My father died earlier three months ago after being involved in a motor accident, and left me behind. He was once a Minister of Oil and mines here. I lost my mother when I was a child through cancer illness as my father told me, since then my father took me special as i was motherless. My father died in the hospital while taking treatment, he told me that he deposited the sum of USD 3,000, 000.00 dollars (Three Million, US Dollars) with a Bank here in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire , I have succeeded in locating the bank in Abidjan and also confirmed the money is in the account. This money was annually paid into my late fathers account from Shell petroleum development company (spdc) and chevron oil company .I cannot claim the money myself because i am not upto the age of 25 which my late father and the bank agreed. So i want you to stand as my guardian and claim the money for me. I don't know how and what will i do to invest this money somewhere in abroad, so that i can come over there to continue with my education which i stopped.
Now, I urgently need your assistance to move this money from Bank here to your bank account and I strongly believe that by the grace of God, you will help me invest this money wisely in your country. I will compensate you after the transfer for your help and kindness to US. Please i want to know your mind today, so that i will know what to tell the bank. I will be Waiting anxiously to hear from you, as soon as i hear quickly from you, i will give you more details.
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