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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:
- "million 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)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2012 00:56:51 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: CAN YOU HELP THE PEOPLE OF GOD?
CAN YOU HELP THE PEOPLE OF GOD?
I AM MRS,SYLVIE ROBERTSON, FROM FRANCE A WIDOW TO LATE DANIEL
I AM 53 YEARS OLD, I AM A NEW CHRISTAIN CONVERT, SUFFERING FROM LONG
TIME CANCER OF THE BREAST,FLORA ALL INDICATION MY CONDITIONS IS REALLY
DETERIORATING AND IT IS QUITE OBVIOUS THAT I WOUDIN, T LIVE MORE THAN
THREE MONTHS, ACCORDING TO MY DOCTORS, AND IN ALL INDICATION REGARDS TO
MEDICAL ANALYSIS, THIS IS BECAUSE THE CANCER STAGE HAS GOTTEN TO A VERY
BAD STAGE THAT NO HOPE FOR ME TO BE A
LIVING PERSON AGAIN,
MY LATE HUSBAND KILLED DURING THE FRANCE
RAID AGAINST TERRORISM IN TOGO, AND DURING THE PERIOD OF OUR MARRIAGE WE
COULD NOT PRODUCE ANY CHILE MELATE HUSBAND WAS VERY WEALTHY AND AFTER
HIS DEATH, I INHERITED ALL HIS BUSINESS AND WEALTH. THE DOCTORS HAS
ADVISED ME THAT I MAY NOT LIVE FOR MORE THAN FOUR MONTHS, SO I NOW
DECIDED TO DIVIDE THE PART OF THIS WEALTH, TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE
DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHURCH IN AMERICA, AFRICA, ASIA AND EUROPE ESPECAILLY
CREATE SOLUTION TO PROBLEM OF LESS PREVILLAGED ONES AND ORPHANAGE
I SELECTED YOU AFTER VISITING THE WEBSITE I PRAYED AND
FAST FOR THREE WEEKS OVER IT, I AM WILLING TO DONATE THE SUM OF $3.5
MILLION DOLLARS, TO THE LESS PRIVILEGED. PLEASE I WANT YOU TO NOTE THAT
FUND IS LYING IN A BANK IN TOGO AND UPON MY INSTRUCTION,WILL FILE IN AN
APPLICATION FOR THE TRANSFER OF THE MONEY IN YOUR NAME.
HONESTLY PRAY THAT THIS MONEY WHEN TRANSFERRED WILL BE USED FOR
THE SAID PURPOSE EVEN THOUHG IM LATE THEN, BECAUSE I HAVE COME TO FIND
OUT THAT WEALTH ACQUISITION WITHOUT CHRIST IS VANITY AND I MADE THE
PROMISE TO GOD THAT THE FUND WILL BE USE TO BUILD HIS TAMPLE. MAY THE
GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS THE LOVE OF GOD AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF GOD BE
WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY I AM WAIT URGENT REPLY FROM YOU.
GOD BLESSES YOU.
MRS ,SYLVIE ROBERTSON