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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "million united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Aziza Nasira"<firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2011 12:15:28 +0200
Subject: Your response is needed!!
Please read this slowly and carefully, as it may be one of the most important emails you ever get. My name is Alhaja Aziza Nasira. I was married to Late Al Habash Nasira from Saudi Arabia, The Director of Oron Minners Cote d'Ivoire, a seasoned contractor in West African Region. He died on Thursday, 31 July 2003 in Paris, France. We were married for seven years without a child. After his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home.
When my late husband was alive, he deposited the sum of $3.2Million United States Dollars in a Financial Institute, which is now wasting there. My Doctor told me that I would not last long due to cancer problem. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to better the lives of the less privileged. I need an honest and trust worthy individual that will utilize this money in accordance with my instruction. I want the funds to be used in funding orphanages, the less privileged children and propagating the word of God.
I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are very unkind to me and I don't want my husbands hard earned money to be misused. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be with God.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Security firm for you to contact them for the retrieval of the Treasure box as my beneficiary. I want you to always pray for me. If you are not interested, kindly pardon me for contacting you through this medium. Thanks, Kindly reply me through my email box email@example.com
Alhaja Aziza Nasira.