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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Rosaline <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2019 05:36:24 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: OKAY REPLY
May the peace of the Lord be with you.
My Nam is Rosaline Daouda, a nurse. I have work with university teaching hospital of Abidjan for more than eight years now, am an Ivorian residence in West Africa, now i have a sick lady in my Cancerologie department as i was in charge of taken care of her because of her immediate danger of her health in the presence of his only young son she confided in me about the sum of US$8,300,000 (Eight Million Three Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) because she is afraid that she can die at any time.
She has asked me to look for a reputable foreigner that can guarantee the future and education of her only survival twelve years old son; as a nurse I do not have the time or financial know how, hence I have decided to search for a reputable individual therefore if you can guarantee honest to carry out this task please contact me by email for more details. You will keep 30% as compensation.
God bless you. yours in christ
Nurse Rosaline Daouda: