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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.
- 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.
- 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: "Joseph" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:58:42 +0900
Subject: Don't Wait The Time Will Not Be Right
I WANT YOU TO PLEASE BE PATIENT IN READING THIS MAIL AND ALSO GO THROUGH ALL THE BIBLE REFERENCES THAT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU THOROUGHLY BEFORE YOU DELETE / CLOSE IT FOR ANY REASON. WHATEVER IT MAYBE, BECAUSE IT MIGHT BE THE LAST TIME YOU ARE GOINGTO GET / HEAR THIS KIND OF MESSAGE AGAIN.
THIS IS MESSAGE IS TO INFORM YOU, IN PARTICULAR TO GIVE YOUR LIFE TO JESUS CHRIST [I.E YOU MUST BE BORN-AGAIN] WHICH IS TO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOUR OF YOUR LIFE, [JOHN 3:16-18;] ACCEPTING CHRIST JESUS AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOUR MEANS GIVING HIM ALL OF YOU WITHOUT HOLDINGNOTHING BACK FROM HIM. TAKE A LITTLE TIME TO THINK ON THIS WORDS THAT I'M SAYING TO YOU, NOW, FOR ALL THE WHILE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN LIVING YOUR LIFE WITHOUT JESUS CHRIST WHAT HOPE HAVE YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL HERE IN EARTH AND AFTER YOUR LIFE HERE ON EARTH,DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE DECEIVE YOU THAT CHRIST DO NOT EXIST ,BE IT YOUR PARENTS,FRIENDS,NEIGHBOUR AND RELATIONS FOR I HAVE FOUND OUT THAT WITHOUT A CHRISTLIKE LIVING, THERE IS NO PEACE IN MAN AND THERE IS NO ENTERING IN TO THE KINGDOM,HE HAS GONE TO PREPARE FOR YOU AND I, ALSO DO NOT ALLOW ANY PERSON TO TELL YOU THAT THEY HAVE LONG WAITED FOR HIS COMING THAT HE HAS TAKEN YEARS THAT, HE WILL NOT COME,DO NOT GIVE THEM THAT ATTENTION.DO YOU KNOW,IF IT WAS BECAUSE OF YOU HAVE NOT
CHRIST LOVE EVERY HUMAN THAT'S WHILE HE GAVE HIS LIFE PURPOSELY TO FULFILL THIS DESTINY OF YOU AND I BEING ABLE TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY OF COMING TO KNOW HIS FATHER [THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY].
IN PASSING THIS MESSAGE TO YOU, I RECALL A HYMN WHICH HAS THIS MESSAGE ON ETERNITY AND IT GOES LIKE THIS,
"THERE'S A LINE THAT IS DRAWN BY REJECTING OUR LORD, WHERE THE CALL OF HIS SPIRIT IS LOST
AND YOU HURRY ALONG WITH THE PLEASURE-MAD THRONG- HAVE YOU COUNTED THE COST. YOU MAY BARTER YOUR HOPE OF ETERNITY'S MOURN, FOR A MOMENT OF JOY AT THE MOST,
FOR THE GLITTER OF SIN AND THE THINGS IT WILL WIN HAVE YOU COUNTED THE COST. WHILE THE DOOR OF HIS MERCY IS OPEN TO YOU, ERE THE DEPTH OF HIS LOVE YOU EXHAUST
WON'T YOU COME AND BE HEALED, WON'T YOU WHISPER, I YIELD-I HAVE YOU COUNTED, HAVE YOU COUNTED THE COST. IF YOUR SOUL SHOULD BE LOST, THO' YOU GAINED THE WHOLE WORLD OF YOUR OWN EVEN NOW IT MAYBE THAT THE LINE YOU HAVE CROSSED, HAVE YOU COUNTED, HAVE YOU COUNTED THE COST?WHERE WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY THIS QUESTION COMES TO YOU TELL ME WHAT SHALL YOUR ANSWER BE?"
THIS MESSAGE I GIVE TO YOU ARE NOT MY WORDS BUT I WAS COMMANDED TO GIVE IT OUT BECAUSE I HAVE GOTTEN IT AND ANYONE WHO HAVE GOTTEN THESE WORDS AND FAIL TO PUBLISHED WILL HAVE THIS JUDGEMENT WHICH IS WRITTEN IN THE SCRIPTURES IN "EZEKIEL 33v1-33" READING THIS PASSAGE OF THE SCRIPTURE THROUGH WILL GIVE YOU A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF GOD'S JUDGEMENT. IN DOING THIS I HOPE I HAVE NOT OFFENDED YOU IN ANY WAY AND IF I HAVE I APPOLOGIZE NOT BECAUSE NECESSITY IS LAID ON ME TO DO IT. I HOPE YOU WILL UNDERSTAND NOW. EZEKIEL 3V17 .
PLEASE DO SEND YOUR REPLY TO. firstname.lastname@example.org ;