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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:
- "hundred thousand u.s 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)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Jefry Philip <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2022 07:36:18 +0000
Subject: I Solicit For Your Assistance
Good Day; Dear Respectful One,
My Name is Jefry Philip 19 years old from France. Please go through
below my mail and see if you can Assist for Our mutual benefit, My
Father was a business contractor but he specialize on Gold ETC, he was
residing in Ivory Coast doing his business till death,
He was a victim of CORONAVIRUS that lead him to undesirable death one
week after his trip from United state of America to negotiate on a
gold business he wanted to invested into,
Before the death of my late father he had an account with a bank in
Ivory Coast up to the sum of $7.5 MILLION U.S DOLLARS ( SEVEN MILLION
FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND U.S DOLLARS ) which he use to run his business,
so i solicit for your assistance as my late father foreign Business
Parner to enable the bank release the fund, If we happen to do this
together before any thing is done with the total fund, I will give you
( %10 ) out of the total fund as compensation for your assistance, i
look forward to hear from you for more details if you are willing and
Able to handle this transaction.