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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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Anan Jojo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:03:54 +0100 (BST)
Subject: PLEASE ENDEAVOUR TO USE IT FOR GOD.
PLEASE ENDEAVOUR TO USE IT FOR GOD.
Hello My Dearest,
I know how surprise this email might appear to you but i want you to
consider it as a request for an assistance from a dying woman. My Name
is anan jojo from Israel but now undergoing medical treatment in
Abidjan the capital city of Ivory Coast.
I am married to late Mr Benso jojo, who worked with Israeli Embassy in
Ivory Coast for Eleven years before he died in the year 2008, after a
brief illness that lasted for only Ten days.
We were married for Eighteen years without any child. After the death of
my husband i vowed to use our wealth for the down trodden and the less
privileged in our society.
Recently, My Doctor told me that I may not last for the next seven
months due to cancer problem, though what disturbs me most is my stroke
and deaf problem.Haven known my condition i decided to Serve God with
our wealth. When my late husband was alive we kept the sum of ($7.6
Million U.S. Dollars) Seven million six hundred thousand united states
dollars Having known my condition I decided to Give out this fund to a church or an
individual or better still a God fearing person who will utilise this fund the way I am going to instruct here in.
I want an individual that will use this fund to provide succour to the
poor and indigent persons, orphanages, widows around him or her and
Schools etc. As soon as I receive your response I shall give you the
contact of the Bank where the said fund is deposited I will also issue
you the documents that will prove you the present beneficiary of this
Any delay in your reply will give me room in searching for an individual
or this same purpose, always be prayerful all through your life.Please
assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hope to
receive your reply soon.
Thanks and Remain Blessed.