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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:
- "hundred thousand united state 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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "i feel quite safe dealing with you in this important business" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Raphael Kamara <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 09:26:10 +0000
Subject: Hello Dear, Greetings,
Hello Dear, Greetings,
I am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart. With due
respect trust and humanity, i appeal to you to exercise a little patience
and read through my letter i feel quite safe dealing with you in this
important business, honestly i am writing this email to you with pains,
tears and sorrow from my heart, i will really like to have a good
relationship with you and i have a special reason why i decided to contact
you, i decided to contact you due to the urgency of my situation. My name
is Raphael Kamara and the only Son of Late Mr and Mrs Chief Vincent Kamara.
I am soliciting for your assistance to save my life that is in danger
because of my late father's wealth that I inherited from him, Seven Million
five hundred thousand United State Dollars USD ($7,500,000.00, I inherited
these money from my late father after his death. I am 19 years old boy from
Sierra Leone, I am presently at Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory
Coast where the bank my late father deposited the money is located for my
safety and to seek for the transfer of these money to Overseas for onward
investment in your country.
My late father was a coffee and cocoa beans exporter in Abidjan when he was
alive. He was poisoned to death by my stepmother, he died last year
November 18th, 2019. Since after the painful death of my late father, my
step-mother was desperately after my life because of my late father's
wealth. Please I want you to be my Guardian. I need your maximum assistance
to transfer this money into any safe bank account you can provide for me
and to help me to invest the money into Real Estate business investment you
can manage on my behalf while you help me to secure student visa to come
over to your country to continued my studies in any best school in your
I have made a vow to give you 15% of this money for your kind assistance
and you will help me to invest and mange the remaining 85% into any secured
investment you can approve. I want you to receive me and help me as your
own son and as your family member is protect my right and my interest with
fear of God as I want to entrust you with all my heart that support me to
archive a better future under your guardian. I'll give you more details as
soon as I got your answer.