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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:
- ",000,000" (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 orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2019 12:36:10 +0000 (UTC)
Hello Beloved Friend,
My greetings to you and your Family
permit to inform you of my desire of business relationship with you. I have to believe you are reputable and responsible and trustworthy person I can do business with the little information I am about you during my search for a partner and the matter of trust I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere proposition.
I am Miss.Rebecca Kurubos from Douekue, Cote D'Ivoire, the only daughter of late Col.Didier zirihi Kurubos. My late father was serving colonel before he was assassinated in service during the political crises in my country. Leaving me and my mother who is my reason for contacting you. Now my mother is currently diagnosed with Leukemia being a Cancer of the Blood, in one missionary hospital praying for her recovery. From medical report, she says she can only survive if urgent medical surgery is carried out on her.
For this reason, I decided to seek for your assistance and reveal you to my heritance from my late father. Before the death of my father he told me he has a sum of US $ 5.5,000,000 (five million, five hundred united states dollars) kept in a financial firm, here in cote d'ivoire in my name
Dear, in the capacity of the next cinemas and with all the documents in my hand now, I am contacting you with a sence of humanity that you will give it a sympathetic and mutual consideration.
I am honestly seeking your assistance in the following ways.
(1) To serve as a guardian of this fund to assist me visit the bank here to retrive the money.
(2) To make arrangement for me and my mother to come over to your country, and source for abetter hospital for my mother treatment
(3) To provide good investment plans for the fund and to manage the fund
furthermore, you can Indicate your option towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within a stipulated period of time you signify your interest to assist me.
My mother must not die. please help me save her life.
Anticipating hearing from you immediately.
Thanks and God bless.