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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:
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Rose Dago <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:10:21 +0000
Subject: Respond Please
From Rose Dago
Abidjan Cote d' Ivoire,
I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is your
wish to help me, I promise you that you will never ever regret after
hearing my situation.
My name is Miss Rose Dago, 19 years old. My father and my Mom with my
younger brother died earlier three months ago after being involved in
a ghastly motor accident, and left me behind. My father later 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. I
cannot claim the money myself because i am not up to the age of 25
which my late father and the bank agreed when the deposit was made. 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
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 25% of this total amount after the transfer, for your
help and kindness to me. 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.
Reply me to this private address firstname.lastname@example.org