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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:
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: yodok <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 16:18:11 +0200
Subject: My dearest in Christ
My dearest in Christ
I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ our Lord, we have to
worship our Lord Jesus Christ with all our heart, because we have determined
to remain under the covering of his anointing, Obedience to his purpose and
living a life that honours him will keep us under his hand of blessing.
This however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour
against your will. Your profile pushed me to send you this mail. I am Mrs.
Marian Rennie from Australia ; I am married to Mr. Benjamin M. Rennie from
United States of America who worked with American Embassy in Ivory Coast for
nine years before he died in the year 2008. We were married for eleven years
without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four
Before his death we were both born again Christian. Since his death I
decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the
Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of
$4.5 Million in one of the famous bank in Ivory Coast . Recently, my DOCTOR
told me that I would not last for the next Eight months due to cancer
problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known
my condition I decided to donate this fund to an Orphanage or good person
that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in.
I want an organization or good person that will use this fund for
orphanages, widows; less privileged once propagating the faithfulness of
strong believe and love for our heavenly creator and to make sure that the
house of God is maintained.
l took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this
money and my husband relatives are not in good tense not even good at all
because they are the one that killed my husband in other to have all my late
husband properties and I don't want my husband's efforts hard earned money
to be used by unbelievers nor a situation where this money will be used in
an ungodly way.
This is why I am taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death hence I
know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the
Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that "the lord will fight my case and I shall
hold my peace".
I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health
hence the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I don't want
them to know about this development. With God all things are possible. As
soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank. I
will also issue you an authority letter that will prove you the present
beneficiary of this fund. I want you and the Church to always pray for me
because the lord is my shepherd.
My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that
wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please always be
prayerful all through your life. Any delay in your reply will give me room
in sourcing another organization or good person for this same purpose.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to
receive your response immediately.
Thanks and Remain blessed.
Mrs. Marian Rennie