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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million 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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- "calvary greetings" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: rubywilliams <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2018 12:04:04 -0800
Subject: Re:Greetings My Dear,
Hello my dear,
Calvary Greetings in the name of the ALMIGHTY
I sent this mail praying it will get to you in a good condition of
health, since I myself are in a very critical health condition in which I
sleep every night without knowing if I may be alive to see the next day. I
bring peace and love to you. It is by the grace of God, I had no choice
than to do what is lawful and right in the sight of God for eternal life
and in the sight of man, for witness of Godâs mercy and glory upon my life.
I am Mrs.Ruby Williams. a widow and citizen of United State of America. I
am suffering from a long time brain tumor, It has defiled all forms of
medical treatment, and right now I have about a few months to leave,
according to medical experts. The situation has gotten complicated recently
with my inability to hear proper am communicating with you with the help of
the chief nurse here in the hospital, from all indication my conditions is
really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that, according to my doctors
they have advised me that I may not live too long, this is because this
illness has gotten to a very bad stage. I hoped that you will not expose or
betray this trust and confidence that I am about to repose on you for the
mutual benefit of the orphans and the less privileges ones. I have some
funds I inherited from my late husband, the sum of ($ 11,000,000.00, Eleven
Million Dollars). Having known my condition, I decided to donate this fund
to you believing that you will utilize it the way i am going to instruct
here in. I need you to assist me and reclaim this money and use it for
Charity works, for orphanages and gives justice and help to the poor, needy
and widows says The Lord." Jeremiah 22:15-16.â and also build schools for
less privilege that will be named after my late husband if possible and to
promote the word of God and the effort that the house of God is maintained.
I do not want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly
manner. That's why I'm taking this decision. I'm not afraid of death, so I
know where I'm going. I accept this decision because I do not have any
child who will inherit this money after I die. Please I want your sincerely
and urgent answer to know if you will be able to execute this project for
the glory of God, and I will give you more information on how the fund will
be transferred to your bank account. May the grace, peace, love and the
truth in the Word of God be with you and all those that you love and care
I'm waiting for your immediate reply
May God Bless you,