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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:
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: ruth albahar <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 11:58:24 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: From Madam Anna Paul .
>From Madam Anna Paul .
ABIDJAN COTE D' IVOIRE
01 B.P 572 ABIDJAN 01.
I greet you in the Name of God,The Most Gracious The Most Merciful
With Due Respect and Humanity, I was compelled to write to you under a humanitarian ground. My name is Mrs. Anna Golan . from Iceland , I am 68yrs old,I am married to late Engr. Paul Golan who worked on oil company in Cote d'I voire. before he retired in the year 2002. He died in the year 2006 after a Cadiac Arteries Operation.
We were married for 36 years without a child. And Recently,
My Doctor told me that I would not last for the next six months due to my cancer problem (cancer of the lever and stroke). When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum Of us$12 Million 5 hundred thousand dollars in one of the finance firm here in Abidjan capital of Cote d'Ivoire for safe keeping.
Presently this money is still in the Vault of the finance firm.Having known my condition I decided to hand over this money to an individual,Brother or sister that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.
I want that you use this money according to the desire of my late.husband to help the Less privilaged,orphanages,and propagating the word of God. I took this decision because I dont have any child that will inherit this money, And I dont want in away where this money will be used in an unGodly way. This is why I am taking this decision to hand you over this money.
I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going.I want you to always remember me in your daily prayers because of my up coming Cancer Surgery.Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I have Stated herein. Hope to receive your urgent reply. Due to the present condition of my health,I was warned by my doctor to avoid receiving or making any call.You can always reach me through this my private email address.
Yours Sister in Christ,
Madam Anna Golan Paul