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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.
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Jaunther" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 20:43:04 +0800
I am Mrs. Sherry Buoy Jaunther from Holland. I am married to Dr.Harry Jaunther a Kenyan who worked with a construction company in Asia for twenty Years before he died in the tsunami disasters, we were married but without Any children and presently I am 70 Years old. When my late husband was Alive he deposited the sum of $9.5M. (Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S.Dollars)with a Security Company.
Am presently in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment Cancer of the lungs, I want you to use 90% of this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows around the world but in my name Mrs.Sherry Jaunther.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the details and the information of the Security Co.,
God Bless You!
Mother Sherry Buoy