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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand 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)
- "can i completely trust you?" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Madam. Ashou Brice" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 08 Sep 2022 05:11:07 -1200
Subject: Re: From Madam. Ashou Brice,
Re: From Madam. Ashou Brice,
Dearest in the Lord Jesus Christ,
Greetings, I am Madam. Ashou Brice An aging widow suffering from long time illness. I am currently admitted in a private hospital here in Abidjan cote d' Ivory, I have some funds I inherited from my late loving husband Mr.Francois Brice.The amount of U$6.400.000(Six Million four hundred thousand Us Dollars) which he deposited in one of the Bank Here and I need a honest and God fearing person who have the feelings of human that can use this funds for God's work and 18% out of the total funds will be for your composition for doing this work of God. Please if you would be able to use these funds for the Lord's work kindly reply to me.
Now permit me to ask these questions:
Can I completely trust you?If Yes Reply Me back lets us proceed immediately For More Details,
Your Details Needed Below
1) Full names
2) Country of origin
3) Your Mobile No
4) Your Age
May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ the love of God and the sweet fellowship of the Lord be with you and your family's Amen?Yours Sister in the Lord Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Madam. Ashou Brice,