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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:
- "affidavit " (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Judith Trabelsi" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 05:56:03 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Apostolic Greetings!!! From Mrs. Judith Trabelsi.
Apostolic Greetings!!! From Mrs. Judith Trabelsi.
Abidjan, Cote d'ivoire.
God will grant you the willingness and interest to diggest this humble
narrations though it might be so surprise and strange to believe my story
but i knew by the reason of the almighty you will humbly understood and
accept to proceed with my proposal though we have not met or seen each
My name is Mrs. Judith Trabelsi a widow to Late Engr. Jules Trabelsi who
was a competent business man here in Abidjan Cote d'ivoire, We were married
for many yrs without any child till his death in October 2005 after a brief illness.
Due to the promise which i revered to him on the alter at the day of our church
wedding i decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home
which is against the holy bible.
My happiness is that my late husband lived a life of a true & worthy
Christian and he has this plan before his death which he pleaded with me
to appropriate it to accomplishment. He took this decision with me to use this
fund in building an orphanage in his name that will accommodate thousand's of
children, and also to use part of this fund in helping the less fortunate and to
spread the gospel of the lord to the remote places of the world.
He made this deposit of $( 2.7 Million )USD Two million Seven hundred
thousand in a Finance Security Company here in Abidjan . Recently, my Doctor
told me that i would not last for the next 5 months due to cancer & stroke illness.
Having known my condition i decided to seek for a competent and
reliable God fearing person or church to entrust this fund to utilize this
fund the way i narrated above as my late husband desired.
The Bible made us to understand that "Blessed is the hand that giveth".
I took this decision because i don't have any child that will inherit
this money and my late husband's relatives are not Christians and I
don't want my late husband's efforts to be used by unbelievers.
I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly
way. This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death
hence i know where i am going. I don't need any telephone communication
in this regard because of my health hence the presence of my husband's
relatives are around me always. i don't want them to know about this
As soon as i receive your reply i shall give you the relevant documents
that will legalize you to have access over this fund. I will also
issue you an affidavit that will proove you the present beneficiary of this
fund in the Finance Security Company. I want you and the church to
always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd.
My happiness is that i and my late husband lived a life of a worthy
Christian. Whoever that Wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit
Please always be prayerful all through your life and pray to God to
forgive me my sins. Any delay in your reply will give me room in
sourcing for another church or a God fearing person for this same purpose.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as i stated herein.
Hoping to receive your reply.
Your's Sister In Christ,
Mrs. Judith Trabelsi.