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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Monica Daniel <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 17:00:59 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Hello Dear One In Christ,
Hello Dear One In Christ,
Greetings of the Lord to you. Iam mrs. monica daniel from Kuwait married to Late mr.solomon daniel from Ivory Coast West Africa, of paroisse saint sebastien Church (www.st-sebastien.info) My late husband has done numerous charity service within and outside our region since 1981.We have been doing our best to promote charity work anywhere the Lord laid us to. According toKJV(Acts 20:35 ,1 Corinthians 13:2)Since His death in 1999 I have been having Lung Cancer and now my doctor has confirm to me
that i would not last for the next 16 Weeks due to the cancer illness.
I have been distributing all i have since the Doctor gave me the notification and I also want to send the sum of $3.8,000.000 (Three Million Eight Hundred Thousand dollars) to you so that you can use it for charity services in your area to the Glory of God and Service to humanity.I will be waiting to hear from you and recieve your assurance to be able to fulfill this charity work in your area in sincerity and goodwill..
Your loving sister in Christ,
mrs. monica daniel Jesus Christ Is Lord..