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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:
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Dumbia"
Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2020 08:58:31 -0800
Subject: Attention: 2/8/2020
I know you will be surprise to read my email to you or may be
skeptical to reply me because of what is happening around the internet
globally, I am aware of insecurity on internet, But that does not mean
that there is no good genuine businesses that exist when it comes
I am Mr Dumbia Couliberly from Cote D'ivoire Abidjan in west africa.
We deal on solid minerals like gold . We do get our goods from the
local miners here in my country . , We have Raw Metal Gold of, 23
Carat( Currently l intend to sell at the cost of 40,000 US Dollars
per kilo not on world ruling market price), I am looking for a worthy
individual or a buyer of this mineral, who is interested to buy from
Please do not reply if you are not interested! Because I need serious
buyers with a good credibility.
Thanking you in advance and also hoping to hear from you soonest.
Mr. Dumbia Couliberly