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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:
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "habib aina" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 16:28:52 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Apeal for help
Apeal for help
From Mrs Aina Habib
23 Rue Des Republican,
Koumassi 17 bp.1246 Abidjan 17
Dearest in Lord,
My name is Mrs Aina Habib nationality of Kuwait . I am married to late. Mr Garza Habib who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year Octorber 2006. We were married for twenty years with a child. He died after an illness that lasted for long four days. When my late husband was alive we deposited the sum of $12Million with one of good bank here in Cote d'Ivoire ,Presently, this money is still with the bank and my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to my cancer problem.
Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to church or better still a Christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in,I want a person or church that will use this fund to churches, orphanages, research centres and widows propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained. I took this decision because I have a child that will inherit this money but my son can not carry out this work only because i and my late husband decide to use some of the money to work for God and live some for our son,
My husband's relatives are not Christians and I don't want my family hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner. Hence the reason for taking this bold decision.I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14says that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace, I don't want any of my husband family relatives to recieve this money.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as the new beneficiary of this fund.Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated here. Expecting to hear from you soon.
Mrs Aina Habib