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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Musta Ibrahim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2023 14:38:50 +0000
Subject: Re: Inquiry
I know that as you read this email,it will come to you as surprise and
a lot will go through your mind because we have not met or seen each
other before but i want you to know that this email is for you as i
have the feeling that we are meant to do this together.
I am Ibrahim Mustapha origin of Sierra Leone presently now in Ivory
coast both in West Africa,I am the only son of Chief Sako Mustapha.My
father was a very wealthy gold and cocoa merchant who based in Accra
and Abidjan respectively,I am their only son.
When i was a kid i went to a private schools and things were going on
well for me and my parents but it was unfortunate that my mother died
when i was still tender. My father took me so special after the death
of my mother. and he showered all his love on me and promised me that
he will never have another woman because he did not want any problem.
But it was a tragidy to lost my beloved father last year as a result
Before the death of my father in a private hospital in my country, he
called me secretly told me that he deposited the sum of
$15,000,000(Fifteen million)united states dollars)in one of the Prime
Security company in CÃTE D'IVOIRE,My late afther further told me that
he used my name as the next of kin in depositing the money.
After doctor's thorough examination,it was made obviours that my
father was poisoned after traditional enquiry,it was made clear that
my wicked uncle was responsible and to crowned it all,my wicked uncle
made an open confession due to the culture of our land but my father
could not survive the sickness.Since the death of my late father,my
wicked uncle is not yet satisfied with his evil intention,he is still
looking after my life so that he will conmfortably seat and inherite
all my late fathers wealth.
Before my late father gave-up the last breath,he strongly advice me to
seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice and he said that
i should invest the fund into a lucrative investments,such as real
estate,stock market investment or hotels.
Please, i am honourably soliciting your kind assistance as follows.
1) To help me stand as my foreign partner who will recieve the money
in his bank account i will give you the whole details and the bank
2) To serve as my guardian and to help invest this fund over their.
3)To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to continue
my education and to procure me a residential permit.
I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as a mode of
compensation for your effort after the successful transfer of these
fund to your country. Please i will be very happy if this transaction
will be concluded within seven (7) working days from now. I am
expecting to hear from you as soon as possible.