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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:
- "million 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)
- ",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)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 17:03:40 -0430
Subject: From: Mrs Alice Lacson
From: Mrs Alice Lacson
Dearest in Christ
Be bless in the name of God
and sorry to intrude into your privacy.As i hope that this mail meet you in
good sense of mind.
Please read this mail gently and try to
absorb the content therein as this is not one of any such mail you read but
i have prayed and fasted irrespective to my present predicament believing
God that i shall meet the right person that will be sincere,faithful and
My name is Mrs Alice Lacson,I am married to
late Mr.Solomon Lacson We are nationality of Philippines who was a oil
broker dealers and died as a result of the Political war in my country. We
were married for twenty years ago with only a son He is with
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of Ten
Million united states dollars(10,000,000.00)USD in a Leading Voila
Commercial Bank in Cote D'Ivoire West Africa. Recently,I was confirmed to
be suffering from Cancer and the Doctors informed me that i will not last
for the next two months.
Hence I decided to donate this fund to CHARITY
varying from church,mission,Musque,and the Orphanage and motherless
home, organization or good person that will utilize this money to
help the poor and help my only son.
Please, contact me as soon
as you receive this message if you will be able to handle this project by
assuring me of your willingness and capabilities as well as your sincerity
and not capitalizing on my present health Condition to betray
me;respond back to me here of your willingness.
I await to
hear from you in due course as any delay from may cause me to look for
someother person as well. contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org&
To God be the Glory
Mrs. Alice Lacson