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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: Rose Hersi <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 13:25:24 +0100
Subject: My Name Mrs.Rose.Hersi
My Name Mrs.Rose.Hersi
I am writing you base on your good profile. I am in search of
aproperty to buy in your country; I intended to come over to
youcountry for investment? I believe that I have to partner with a
citizen to be safe in investing in your country. My name is
Mrs.Rose.Hersi,My late husband deals on Crude Oil with Federal
Government of Sudan and we have a private Oil firm in Bentiu Oil zone
town and Upper Nile city. What I have experience physically, I don't
wish to experience it again in my life due to the recent civil and
Ethnic crises caused by our President Mr.Salva Kiir and the rebel
leader Mr. Riek Machar, I have been Under United Nation refugee camp
in Rue De Bass am west Africa,to save my life and that of my little
daughter.I want to solicit for your partnership with trust to transfer
and invest with my fund deposited at Bank by my late husband,I will
disclose the Amount to you as we proceed.I need your help to move this
fund to your country,because my life is no longer safe in Africa,
since the rebels are looking for the families of all the oil business
partners in the country, very scaring I wish you will understand my
predicaments.But the truth is that I and my daughter was lucky to be
part of the bagde
taken by UN KEEPING FORCE to Addis Ababa our Neighboring country where
I WE BOARD to Abidjan Ivory Coast,We left Sudan and move to Addis
Ababa our neighboring country with the few days ceasefire which was
announced by United Nation Peace keeping Force., Because of face to
face peace meeting accord coordinated by US Secretary of State, and
United Nations in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) between The sitting President
Mr. Salva Kiir and the rebel leader Mr. Riek Machar to stop this war.I
will send you the document of the fund with other details for your
acknowledgement and prove.
With love from