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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:
- "million dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: ange edwinge <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:37:51 +0000
Subject: URGENT BUSINESS PROPOSER
Greeting to you Sir or Madam,
I am Miss Ange Edwinge Kkouassi and I am 20 years of age, From Cote
DâIvoire West Africa & I am contacting you to assist me in
transferring my asset to you and as well for you to invest it on your
own arrangement before my coming over to meet you and the sum is USD$
7.3 Million dollars and 100 kilos of Gold bars which I inherited from
my late father and it was deposited in the security firm by my late
father, so if you are really interested to help me out then let me
know and I have mapped out 40% for your kindest help.
Miss Ange Edwinge Kouassi