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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Sarah Morris." (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:56:34 -0500
Subject: PEACE BE WITH YOU,AS YOU RESPOND BACK
Urgent Mail From Mrs Sarah MORRIS.
PEACE BE WITH YOU,
Receiving this message might sound as a surprise to you, please do accept it as a blessing from God made possible through a woman with a good and sincere heart towards the poor orphans. Through these projects millions will be positively touched as with God nothing is impossible. I have this strong desire to help the poor orphans suffering each day, but this dream cannot be realised as a result of my health, which does not improve, hence I do not know whether I will survive having undergone different surgical operations, which has kept me hospitalized. Right now, life gives me no choice, but to answer the call (death); my prayers each day is to have a place in Heaven. I have suffered a lot as a result of this incurable sickness (terminal cancer)! Above all, I do not have a child as a result of my sterility.
The only help I need from you at this point is to be in constant prayers with me as I believe you have an open heart towards the poor orphans and do believe in GOD. I would be so much happy to see that my funds (sixteen million eight hundred thousand dollar) £ 16.8000.000.00 are properly used to help the less privileged etc before leaving this world as this will be a great relieve for me and my soul. This is a huge responsibility, but I pray that God gives you the strength to handle it. You will also be highly re-compensated.
Once I get your reply, I will put you in contact with the institution in charge of the transaction in order to start all necessary procedures so as to enable you to have possession of my funds as soon as possible before my next surgical operations.
I am looking forward to read from you.
Reply to my e-mail: email@example.com
Name: Mrs Sarah MORRIS.