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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:
- "might come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",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)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- "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: Jesicca <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2021 18:03:30 +0100
Subject: from Jesicca just do me a favor.
From Jesicca Marie Koni
I am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart, I know
that this mail might come to you as a surprise because you don't know me
and I don't know you too.
My name is Ms Jesicca Marie Koni, I am 21 years old and am the only
Daughter of late Chief Mr. Alphonse Badel Koni a cocoa farmer and later
adviser to Alassane Ouattara winner of the last year presidential election
in Cote dâIvoire, who died on Tuesday, 23th Dec 2010, after a suspected
assassination by on uniformed ministry man loyal and sent by Laurent
Gbagbo. As a matter of fact, I am the only one in the family who knows
about the money he deposited in bank here in Abidjan, the economic capital
of Ivory Coast, He deposited the sum of money which I want you to help to
get this money transfer to your country. I have the documents of this
deposit with me, i am seeking your urgent attention to help me transfer the
sum of ($14,500,000.00) United States Dollars into your bank account.
The bankers said Now my father is dead, I wish to seek your partnership to
assist me to move this money to any country of my choice for investment.
This is 100% risk free and I will give you 20% of the total amount
involved. If you are interested I will send you the full confidential
details of the deposit as a good partner that I can trust to assist me. Can
I trust you in this transaction? If you receive this letter, kindly send me
an e-mail signifying your interest including your most confidential
telephone/fax numbers for quick communication.
I am honorably seeking your assistance in the following ways: Please, i am
honorably seeking your assistance in the following ways.
1) To provide a Bank account where this money would be transferred to.
2) To serve as the guardian of this since I am a girl of 21 years.
Moreover, i am willing to offer you 20% of the sum as compensation for
effort input after the successful transfer of this fund to your designated
Thanks and God Bless.
Ms Jesicca Marie Koni