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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Tamika Keith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 20:30:12 +0300
Subject: Greetings to you.
Greetings to you.
Firstly, I seek your indulgence to solicit your assistance on the contents
of my e-mail, even if I am uncomfortable to contact you through this
means, because of the current unsolicited mails on the Internet nowadays,
but I have no other means to do this now because my health situation is
deteriorating. I greet you in the name of our God we worship with all our
heart because we are destined to remain under the protection of his
anointing, obedience to His commands is the purpose of life, who will be
honored kepts his hand in blessing.
INTRODUCTION: I am Mrs. TAMIKA KEITH, a Republic of Hungary Origine, I
worked for Research on biodiversity in New Caledonia for 7 years. I was
married to late Dr. KEITH KATO Who has been a magnet for companies of good
reputations (in oil) in Ivory Coast for many years, my husband died of a
cardiac arrest. We lived together for 27 years with one child, as only
son, who also died in a horrible car accident, so after the death of my
husband, I decided not to remarry or get another child outside my
When my late husband was alive he packaged the sum of eighteen million
Euros in a metal box and deposited in a Private Security Company here in
Cote d'Ivoire as Family Valuables', this money is still in this Security
institution till now, but they don't know the contents of the package
deposited with them as it was done for security reasons.
Recently, my doctor told me that I will not live more than three months
due to cancer of the esophagus very advanced. What bothers me most is the
anxiety about the recovery and reinvestment of assets of my late husband.
Having known my condition, I decided to give these funds to a charitable
organization or a person who will use it the way as i mention below. I
want an organization or a person who believes in God who will use these
funds to help orphanages, children in need, humanitarian works, etc..
I took this decision because of the death of my only son who should
receive the money and since I do not want my husband efforts to be invain.
I do not want this money to be used in a diabolical way. I therefore take
this decision. I'm not afraid of death hence I know where I'm going. I
know I'll be in the heart of God and with God all things are possible.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the information to make
this donation effective. I will also send a letter of authorization that
you make as a current beneficiary to the funds.
Please reassure me that you will act according to the above instructions
that i gave on the use of the fund.
I hope to receive your response soon
Mrs. TAMIKA KEITH.