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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "consignment " (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)
- "million us 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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "urgent assistance" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "courier service" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- "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: AMOS RAOUL <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2021 23:59:52 +0000
Subject: Re; Hello, please, I need your urgent help as an orphan !!!.
*Hello, Good day to you . My name is Amos Raoul, I am from Abidjan, CÃ´te
d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in the West Africa region. I am a 19 years old boy,
the only surviving son of late Mr. Quassi RAOUL, who was murdered alongside
my mother on the 31 March 2011 by rebels. Before his death, he let me know
about the sum of $8,000,000 usd ( eight million US dollars) with some other
goods and items inside the box he deposited with one of the big government
security finance companies here in my country in a consignment box as our
family valuable and treasures for security reasons. uncle, the condition of
the deposit as it was made by my late father with this security finance and
courier service company with my own name as the depositor. not the
beneficiary did not give me the right to make the claim. I am willing to
offer you 20% of the total money as soon as the money gets to you in your
country. Please I need your urgent assistance and help to get this money
released from this company and delivered to you in your country for
investment purposes and for you to be my guardian before my enemy will get
hold of me here and the money and kill me. uncle, I shall be glad if you
will agree to help me. when i hear from you and you confirm to me that yes,
you are ready and interested to help me make the claim and stand as my late
father foreign business partner and beneficiary of this money, i will get
back to you with the full details about the deposit. i will stop here for
now and wait to hear from you. thank you and God bless you as you agree to
help me out of my problems as an orphan. Your son, Amos.*