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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:
- "million united states 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)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Linda Nora"<firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 09:03:43 -0700
Subject: Compliments of the day to you..I need Your Help
From: Mrs Linda Nora
Compliments of the day to you ! By this e-mail, I do sincerely
apologise for my intrusion of your privacy. However, I have a serious concern
with which I believe you might be of help and for this reason, I can not
but reach out to someone . My name as given above is Mrs Linda Nora a
nationality of United Kingdom. I am married to Mr Samuel Collins who worked
with british embassy in ABIDJAN IVORY COAST for nine years before he
died in the plane crash On 31st of July 2000 with other passengers
aboard as you can confirm it yourself through this web site.
We were a dedicated Christians and decided to serve mankind to the
best of our ability. Since his death, I have lived with the memories,
fighting effortelessly to lead a normal life but all to no avail. I
suffered mentally and psychologically and shortly was diagnosed of Cancer. I
lived with the scourge praying earnestly for divine intervention. Just a
the doctor informed me that I have just about three months more to
live. I was not shocked. I accepted the news in good fate. Brethren, it is
in this regard that I write to you, having sourced your address from a
database in my late husband's internet dozier after fervent prayers.
Before my husband died, he deposited a sum of $95 Million (Ninety Five Million
United States Dollars) with a bank in United States.
I have wholeheartedly decided to donate the entirety of this fund
to any devoted believer or organisation and to achieve this, I need an
individual that will utilize this funds adherently for these purposes:
1: For the sick, less-privilledged and destitute
2: For the Widows and the motherless babies e.t.c.
3: orphanages, Research centres and widows propagating
These are the wishes of a dying woman. They are the desires of my
heart, hence my decision as I do not have a child to take over my
inheritance. Please, understand that I am not doing this because of fear of death
as I am certain where my place already is. At this point, friends, well
wishers, and my husbands relatives are all clampered around me as I
sojourn in my hospital bed and are unaware of my plight, hence I will not
be able to make an open conversation. When I receive your response, I
will direct you at once to the bank. I will also
empower you with a letter of authority as the new beneficiary to this fund
with all neccessary documentation.
All I need from you is Truthfulness, Honesty and Sincerity assuring me
that you can in all honesty and obedience utilize the funds for the
purpose with which it is meant. In any a case, a quick response from you
will be highly appreciated as I am already on a count-down and may not
have ample time to finalize the procedures. Any delay in response may
compel me to source for other measures or perhaps choose the alternative
which I will not be happy to. Please, do not see this as a strange
possibility or an unbeliveable opportunity to make wealth, rather see this
as a rare chance to assist the less priviledged in truth and in spirit
with a substance.
I await your immediate response.
Thank You and Bless You richly!
Mrs Linda Nora