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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: MISS MYRIAMI BRAHIM <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 11:47:28 +0100
Subject: I NEED YOUR HELP
I NEED YOUR HELP
greetings from Burkina Faso, I am Miss Yasmine Ibrahim Coulibaly 24 years
old female from the Republic of Ivory Coast, West Africa, am the Daughter
of Late Chief Sgt. Warlord Ibrahim Coulibaly (a.k.a General IB). My late
father was a well known Ivory Coast militia leader. He died on Thursday 28
April 2011 following a fight with the Republican Forces of Ivory Coast
(FRCI). I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment which I
am receiving from my step mother, you can read more about my late Father
death through the below links:
I am seeking a long term relationship and investment assistance. My father
of blessed memory deposited the sum of US$ 14.5 Million in one bank in
Burkina Faso with my name as the next of kin. So If you are interested
please contact me in my private email address ( email@example.com )
for more details.
Thanking you a lot in anticipation of your quick response. I will give you
details in my next mail after receiving your acceptance mail to help me,
Miss Yasmine Ibrahim.