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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: Mrs philominajesse <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 23:47:24 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: THE TRUST
Treat this message with utmost confidential ok.
As you may know, this is my 6th days in this Hospital bed, and I am constrained to sit up and write this message to you purposely because the doctor has announced that I will be undergoing the surgery by next tomorrow. and ever since this information occurred to me, my mind never found rest, my heart is still panting even at this moment, i lost the courage of living again, I cant even afford to speak with people right now because of fear.
But I believe and pray God to spare my life.
Meanwhile, I want to inform you that my late husband left a contracted sum of $4.3m USD in the Bank of Burkina Faso, and as childless couple; weâve long planned to use the money to aid the poor and Build Orphanage homes. But we never succeeded in embracing such project until my husband died as the payment was delayed.
Now that I am not sure of my life here, and & no existing biological child to inherit our properties, I want to entrust this project in your hand because I donât know if I will ever survive this sickness.
I wouldnât want to go into many details here because I have not energy for long emails. But I wished to briefly inform you that due to lack of Biological son, after my husband died, his relatives came up with troubles and confiscated all my husband properties and even call me a witch.
But God knows that am innocent of all the accusations. And now, am happy they didnât discover about the fact that my husband handled some contract with the government of Burkina Faso which the payment has been delayed before he died.
So after mourning my husband as the custom permits, I took the paper to the bank but they asked me to waiting for more weeks, which I waited until Two months ago when the management of African Development Bank call to inform me that the fund is due to be claimed but I couldnât visit them due to my health condition.
Now that you are the lucky person in my contact list, I want you to reply this message and set me up in hope and I will furnish you the necessary information you need to claim the money from the bank and use it to help the needy.
You must give me your solemn promise to handle this project in good manner and fear of God. You must use 70% of this money to build orphanage homes and help the poor while 30% goes to your purse for your Job well-done.
So, I will want you to reply this message to day so that I will give you the bank contact information even before the operation takes place because my heart is still panting and I fear surviving the sickness.
I believe you will not betray this trust because if you use this money to help the poor on our name, I, and my Husband will find peace wherever our souls maybe.
Please pray that the surgery will be a successful one, and that I could survive this sickness so we can run this project together.
May the living God bless and keep you
Mrs. Philomina Diko Jesse
If you want to speak with me, call directly to my doctor and he will pass the phone to me though am not in the mood to talk on phone for now. His name is Dr. Martins
, phone: +226 76740281