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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "with your full names" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- "utmost confidentiality" (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 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: "Mr.Stuart Jonker" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 16:27:46 +0600 (BDT)
Dear Fund Trustee,
My Name's Mr.Stuart Jonker. Given my current state of health,I have
decided to donate what I have to you, I am 69 years old and I was
diagnosed for cancer about 2 years ago, immediately after the death of my
Wife, Who had worked with me tirelessly until we were driven out of
Zimbabwe and our farms seized. I have been touched to donate from what I
have inherited from my late wife estate to you for the good work and
support since we never had any children, rather than allow My wife
relatives to use our hard earned funds ungodly.Please pray that the good
Lord forgive me my sins. I have asked God to forgive me and I believe he
has because He is a merciful God. I will be going in for an operation next
weekend. I decided to WILL/donate the sum of US$98,800,000(Ninety Eight
million Eight Hundred thousand United States Dollars) to you for the good
work and expect you will help support the motherless and less privilege
and also for the assistance of the widows. At the moment I cannot take any
telephone calls right now due to my deteriorating health condition. I have
adjusted my WILL and my Executor is aware I have changed my will; you and
him will arrange for the change of ownership of the funds and transfer of
funds to you.The funds deposited with a finance outfit and the name is
with held basically for security and confidential purposes and would only
be released to (you).
I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly, and
Please use the funds well and always extend the good work to others.
Contact my Executor:
Greg Lawson Esq.
Principal Partner Lawson and Associates
You are to contact him with your full names contact telephone/fax number
and your full address and tell him that I have WILLED (US$98,800,000) to
you that I have known you for some years before now as I rightly
introduced you to him,and I have also notified him that I am WILLING that
amount to you as my friend for a specific good work. I know you may not
remember me too well again but I have been directed to do this from my
heart. Thanks and God bless.
NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the
task is accomplished as I don't want anything that will Jeopardize my last
wish.And Also I will be contacting with you by email from time to time. I
sincerely hope I make the operation.
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