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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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Juliet Grace" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2018 15:42:40 +0100
Subject: Re: Re: My Transfer $2,8 Million Urgent.
Greetings My Dear ,
May the peace of God be with you as I am indeed glad to be in contact with you even though this medium of communication (internet) has been grossly abused by criminal minded people making it difficult for people with genuine intention struggle to correspond and exchange views without skepticism.
I am Mrs. Juliet Grace, an American widow who was married to late Thompson Grace for 32year without a child. I am 65 years old, and I have been suffering from Lungs cancer. My condition is very bad it is obvious I won't live more than one month again according to my doctor. I want a honest God fearing person whom I can entrust this project, to assist me in fulfilling my promise before or after my death since I am on sick bed now.
I have $2.8 Million USD with International Commercial Bank, where I was doing my gold and diamond business and I am willing to donate this fund to any sincere person for the doing of work of God on the following purposes.
1: To set up a cancer Hospital Foundation to assist victims of Cancer, or to use the fund For the sick, less-privileged and destitute children, with Widows and orphans in your country as I have done alot for West African people.
These are the wishes of a dying widow like me. As the only survival of Williams family this are the desires of my heart.I want you to Stand-in for this inheritance fund to enable you carry out on this project in your country. If you indicate your interest in this NOBLE CAUSE, I will be waiting to receive your full details with address and scan copy of your national ID CARD as to enable me give you remaining details. God be with you as you render this service to God and humanity.
Pray for me if you love humanity.
Mrs. Juliet Grace.