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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:
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Agatha Hope Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2010 02:22:32 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Most Holy Greetings From Your Sister In Christ Jesus.
Dearest In Christ Jesus,
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you as you read this message, it is obvious, that this message will meet you with great surprise.
I am Mrs Agatha Hope Adams . We were born in Scotland , I am married to Mr.Charles Adams,who was an exporter of Cocoa Businessmen based in Abidjan,Cote d'Ivoire.We were married for 15years without a child. He died after a Cadiac Arteries Operation. we were both born again Christian. And since his
death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $4.5Million (Four Million five hundred thousand U.S. Dollars) in a Bank and adviced me that he used my name as the next of kin. This fund was deposited in the Bank right here In Ivory Coast.
The shock at the news of my husbands death caused a serious sickness called STROKE to me and presently now am seriously down with Lung Cancer. Having known my condition now, I have decided to donate out this fund to a church or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct
herein. I want a church or individual that will use this fund for the helping of the orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained.
For i know that my sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in me in the kingdom of God according to the book of [Romans 8:18]. Therefore i am giving out this donation in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,for it is written that i should
give, and it will be given to me. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and I don't want my husbands efforts to be in vain. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way.
Please,let my donation be in secret between you and i,as it is written in the book of [ Matthew 6:3 - 4].That when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand to know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret;and your father who sees in secret will himself
reward you openly.
As soon as I receive your reply in acceptance of my donation, you will be Introduced by me to the bank as to direct my donation fund to your care. I want you and the church to always pray for me .
Please always remember me in prayers. May Almighty God make you an eternal excellency and a joy of many generations....Amen.
Hoping to receive your reply and remain blessed in the Lord.
Yours Sincerely in Christ,
Mrs Agatha Hope Adams
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