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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Aareen <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2021 08:54:44 +0200
Subject: PLEASE CONSIDER ME
*Consider my mail even though this might be a nuisance to you; most
definitely you might have received similar messages of my kind on regular
*I am Miss Aaren Ib Coulibaly (24yrs),daughter to Late Chief I.B Coulibaly
of ivory coast*
*You can read more about my father in the link below:*
*He deposited (fund) in my name in South Africa before his death due to my
young age then, ($7.5 Million to be exact). *
*I have contacted the bank to clear the deposit but the head of the Bankâs
international wire-transfer manager told me that my late father placed an
instruction on the deposited fund that i must present a foreign Trustee who
will help me for investment of the fund, just due to my young age as at the
time of the deposit. *
*I am looking for a reliable person that can help me transfer this (fund)
out from South Africa since my step mother is trying to take all i am
supposed to inherit. *
*If you can help me, then contact me for details.*
*My humble regards*