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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: aadikakukua <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 22 May 2021 09:23:21 -1200
Hello dear ,
with the grace of God I have to find strength and courage from my sick bed
to write you today before is too late.My name is Mrs Adika kukua, a Suisse
French citizen by marriage.I am married to late Mr Raphael Kukua,a french
businessman who based in Abidjan for the period of 21 years.As faith may
have it our marriage ended without any
children my husband died in a car accident in Abu Dhabi on a business trip
to United ArabEmirates.
When my husband was alive, after our last visit to your country we both
agree to donate some money to help the less privileged children and set up
a orphanage home but this plan was chartered by the death of my husband.I
am a woman who believes in God and helping the less privileged for the love
According to the doctors report I have very little time to live because I
am suffering from cancer is very painful but I still trust and believe in
God for miracle.I wish to donate the sum of (One Million, Five Hundred
Thousand Euro) your care for this charity project. I will stop hear as I
want to take some rest now, Please always put me in your prayers,I am
looking forward for your response;firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Adika kukua