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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million us 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)
- "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)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 03:28:03 -0430
Subject: PLEASE BACK TO ME
My name is Mrs. Jane Akus Ibeson, widow to
jerry IBeson, I am 51 years old,suffering from cancer of the
From all indications my
is deteriorating and it's obvious that I won't live more than 3 months
according to my doctors. The tumors has deteriorated into the critical
My late husband died in December
2003 in a car accident. During the period of our marriage we couldn't
produce any child. My late husband was wealthy and after his death, I
inherited all his business and wealth.
has advised me that I will not live long, so I have now made up my
mind to spread My husband wealth to charity & mercy works in
Africa,Asia, America and Europe.
My late husband was an business tycoon.He has
mineral rights all over Africa.He left the sum of (5.5 Million Dollars
only) which he packaged in a mental box and kept it with one security
company in Ghana.
I need your help to claim the money and
distribute the funds to charity works & needy homes as I stated
so that when I die my soul will rest in peace knowing the money served a
purpose rather than being expropriated by the government(corrupt
politicians) at my death because i don't have children that will
and utilize the money positively .
distribution will be entirely at your care and control.
I hope God
give you the wisdom to touch very many lives with my generosity (this is
of this money will be
for your time and effort , while 70% goes to charity,ans you also send
little to for my medication my dear Before we proceed, I want to let you
know more about this 5.5 Million US dollars, my late husband deposited
one security company in Accra Ghana.please if you want to help me claim
these money Kindly send me your
name of your
so that i
forward it to security company for them to contact you on what next to
for your cooperation.
Thanks & God bless you.
Mrs. Jane ibeson