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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand 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)
- "is highly confidential" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: NANCY HESTI <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:13:41 +0700
Subject: REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE FROM MRS NANCY HESTI
Mrs Nancy Hesti
JL Aipda k.s. tubun no 32,
Jakarta Barat Indonesia.
You may be surprised to receive this message from me since you do not know
me in person. For the purpose of introduction, I am Mrs. Nancy Hesti from
America but naturalized in Indonesia and also i was married to Michael
Kinsley who work with the Shell Petroleum Development Company in Indonesia
who is know dead.
My husband was also into private practice all his life before his death,Our
life together as man and wife lasted for many years with child,and my
husband died after a protracted illness.
my husband and i made a vow to uplift the down-trodden and the
less-privileged individuals as he had passion for persons,who can not help
themselves due to physical disability or financial predicament.i can adduce
this to the fact that he needed a child from the relationship and died
after a protracted illness
So please consider this with all seriousness. I am soliciting your
assistance in the most polite language. I got your contact through the
Google and also I decided to contact you this email because I know that
you can do this work for me while in fear of God and also i believes in you
I went through your profile and I decided to trust you and i believes that
you will do this transaction while. I am a dying woman and i have decided
to donate what I have to Charity. I am 75 years old and i was diagnosed
with cancer about two years ago immediately after the death of my husband
life for me in this world, is not that important since we are passersby to
look forward to a place in Heaven
I have been touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my
late husband for the good work of God, rather than allow his relatives to
use my husband's hard earned funds ungodly.
As i lay on my sick bed, I want you to help me to carrying out my last wish
on earth which be very profitable to you as well and also i will write a
will of the total sum of four million five hundred thousand united states
dollars ($4.5million) to you, which i want you to distribute it to charity
home organizations in your country for your kindness and also in this work
you want to carrying out, i am offering you 10% of the total sum of the
money to you and 90% of the money must go to charity home organizations of
your choice in on my behalf and I have decided to donate this fund to you
and i want you to use this gift which comes from my husband effort to fund
the upkeep of widows , widowers,orphans,destitute,the
down-trodden,physically challenged children,barren-women and persons who
prove to be genuinely handicapped financially.
I took this decision because i do not have any child that will inherit this
money and my husband relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy persons and i
do not want my husband hard earned money to be misused or invested into ill
perceived ventures.I do not want this money to be misused hence the reason
for taking this bold decision.i am not afraid of death hence i know where i
am going to.and also i do not need any telephone communication in this
regard due to my deteriorating health and because of my presence of my
husband relatives around me.
Be assured that this transaction is 100% risk free and the nature of your
profession does not necessarily mater.
Therefore if you are willing to assistance me for this transaction and
interested to render the needed assistance endeavour to contact me through
my Email address firstname.lastname@example.org as quickly as possible and also As
soon as i receive your reply i will also issue you a letter of Authority
that will empower you as the original beneficiary of this fund ans i shall
also give you the contact of my lawyer and my bank.
Note that this transaction is highly confidential.Please you provide me
more information about you for processing the quick release of they fund to
you,Thanks may you be blessed.
I expect your immediate response.
Mrs Nancy Hesti
For The Family