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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:
- "death certificate" (this phrase is often used in inheritance scams such as next of kin or https://www.419scam.org/419-murdered-businessman.htm">orphan scams. )
- "may come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "to your nominated bank account" (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)
- ",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)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Koffi Aya <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 13:33:01 -0800
Subject: Assist me
Excuse me for this sudden contact with you today as I believe that this
message may come to you as a surprise, I got your email address through an
online email directory, I really don't know how you will find my contacts
with you, I am a 22 years old girl without any parents.
I am writing you this message with tears and sorrow and I know this message
may come to you as a surprise, Am the only daughter. My father was a very
wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan Ivory Coast (CÃ´te D'ivoire) . My father
was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings on
a business trip.
My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father has treated me so
special. Before the death of my father in a private hospital here in
Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the
sum of (7,500,000.00) seven million five Hundred thousand US Dollar, in one
of the international banks here in Abidjan, he used my name as his only
daughter for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund. My late father
instructed me to seek a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I
will transfer this money and use it for investment purposes such as real
estate management or hotel management.
Please don't be surprised by my proposal, I was directed to you by God. I
have been in the hotel room since two weeks ago looking for someone to even
trust to contact before I saw your profile On the internet..
My uncle is a drug addict and he did not care about me In 2019 my uncle
sold all my late fathers properties now he has found out that my late
father deposited this Fund in the bank with my name as his next of kin and
he is requiring me to follow him to the bank so that he can have access in
my late father Fund, Which I can never do that in my life because this fund
is the only thing that I have to set up my future.
All my intentions now are to transfer these funds out from my country for
investment, I am seriously having a difficult time here, I am writing this
email from a local hotel where I am currently hiding for my safety.
All I require from you is to assist me stand as the guardian and foreign
associate of my late father so that the bank will be able to release the
funds to your bank account in your country for investment.
I am honorarily seeking your assistance in the following ways:(1) To
provide a bank account in which this money would be transferred to .(2) To
serve as my guardian.(3) To make arrangements for me to come over to your
country to further my education.
I have all the account details which my late father used to deposit the
fund here in the hotel with me and the death certificate of my late father.
Note: I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as compensation for
your effort/ input after the successful transfer of this fund to your
nominated bank account. Anticipating hearing from you soon.