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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:
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Vangrossi Michelle" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 05:07:33 -0800
Subject: Please..i need hearing from you...if possible today or tomorrow...
*Australian Maritime Safety Authority,82 Northbourne AvenueBraddon ACT
2612Australia.Dearly Beloved in Christ..I am Mrs.Vangrossi Michelle, the
wife of Mr.Michelle Gerald, My husband worked with the Australian Maritime
SafetyAuthority (AMSA) for 10 years before his death in 2012. We
weremarried for 22 years without a child. He died after a brief illnessthat
lasted for only 4 days, Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a
child outside him which the Bible is against.Unfortunately, Sickness have
not allowed me to serve my GOD, I navebeen here in a hospital where I have
been undergoing treatment forEsophageal cancer and have since lost my
ability to talk and my doctors told me I have only a few months to live,
But I am not affraid of death because GOD has given me the grace to know
him and having known the truth,I have no choice than to do what is right in
the sight of God.My husband has a balance sum of (Â£3,8000.00) from his
deposit withBarclays Bank PLC,UK and It is my last wish to see this
moneydistributed to charitable organizations any where in the World.
Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth sincemy
illness, I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge
responsibility to any of them.Recently, when i wrote the Barclays Bank Plc
and inform them of mystate of health, The management replied me and asked
me to comeforward to sign for the release of this fund or rather issue
anauthorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I can not
comeover.So, Pls, it is a fact that i don't know you, But God knows you
better,I want you to Stand and collect the money from the bank since i
haveno child to inherit it, I need a GOD fearing person that will
DONATEthis money to churches, orphanages and widows propagating the word
ofGod to ensure that the house of God is maintained.The Bible says..
Blessed is the hand that giveth, I don't want my husband's hard
earned money to be misused by unbelievers.Conclusively, Pls, I don't need
any telephone communication in thisregard because of my soundless voice and
the presence of my husband'srelatives around me always. I don't want them
to know about thisdevelopment and as soon as I receive your response I
shall give youthe contact information of my late husband Attorney in Europe
as hewill be the one to assist you in laying claims for this money.May the
good Lord Bless you.Mrs.Vangrossi Michelle.*