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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:
- "very confidential" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Lady Ruth Davies <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 02 May 2010 14:48:58 -0500
Subject: My Humble Wish
I am Lady Ruth Davies suffering from cancerous ailment. I am married to
Sir Silas Davies,a shipping tycoon notable for his great wealth,
influential extended family, and charitable activities all his life
before his death. Our life together as man and wife lasted for three
decades without child. My husband died after a protracted illness in April
My husband and I made a vow to uplift the down-trodden and the
less-privileged individuals as he had passion for persons who can not help
themselves due to physical disability or financial predicament.I can
adduce this to the fact that he needed a Child from our wedlock which
When my late husband was alive he had a lot of investments in the capital
market(stocks and bonds valued at over $30 Million). Consequent upon his
demise this stocks were transferred solely to me.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I have limited days to live due to the
cancerous problems I am suffering from though what bothers me most is the
stroke that I have in addition to the cancer.
With this hard reality that has befallen me,i have decided to distribute
this stocks to persons in need,orphanages and motherless babies homes. I
have chosen you as one of the beneficiaries hence,i have decided to give
you $5 Million worth of my stocks and i want you to use this gift which
comes from my husbands effort to better your lot,fund the upkeep of
widows,orphans, destitute, the down- trodden, physically challenged
children,barren-women and persons who prove to be genuinely handicapped
financially around you. It is often said that blessed is the hand that
I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit
this money and my husband relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy persons
and I do not want my husband's hard earned money to be misused or invested
into ill perceived ventures. I do not want a situation where this money
will be used in a worldly manner, hence the reason for taking this bold
I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going.I do not need any
telephone communication in this regard due to my deteriorating health and
because of the presence of my husbands relatives around me as i am
currently bedridden in the Family house and do not receive any visitors
unless approved by the immediate younger brother to my late husband.I do
not want them to know about this development in order to safeguard this
I have authorize my Private Attorney Raymond Carl in the UK whom i
communicate with via emails everyday,to issue a Letter of Authority in
your favor to the Security Company handling this stocks and this will
empower you as the beneficiary of this fund,he would also endorse my WILL
where i will include your name as one of my beneficiaries. My happiness is
that I lived a life worthy of emulation. Please always be kind hearted all
through your life.
I want you to immediately contact my Attorney through his email
firstname.lastname@example.org and provide for him all that he may require to
finalize this arrangement, please make sure to maintain a confidential and
Cordial relationship with him even in my absence because he is a very
Trust worthy and caring person. Please assure me that you will act just as
I have stated herein.
Hope to hear from you soon, it is well with you and members of your family.
Ensure to keep this very confidential for security reasons until the funds
are safe in your possession
Lady Ruth Davies
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