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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Karima Alwaad" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2018 03:57:08 -0700
Subject: Beloved One
Hello Beloved One,
I am very sorry disturbing you with my message, and i beg you to take a minute and read before deleting. My name is Madam Karima Al-Waad, widow to late Maan Abdul Wahed Al-Sanea owner of major construction companies in my country. I am suffering from long time Cancer of the breast, and it is very obvious now that money cannot save me. So i dont deserve your pity rather prayers as i am dying soon.
From all indications my condition is really deteriorating and its quite obvious that I won't live more than 1 months according to my doctors which i can still feel in my bones. I am currently at a hospital receiving treatment which is not improving. Beauty, Wealth and expensive things cannot save my life, so i beg you to take this message serious and see me as your blood sister and assist me on this divine project.
Today, i have decided to donate some funds to the charity through you in your country, and that is why i am contacting you. It is legal and 100% risk free, so kindly contact me back if you are capable and honest to handle this project for me. I will tell you more about me when you reply me. Will be happy to hear from you soon.
Mrs. Karima Al-Waad Mustafa