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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:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Mellisa Lewis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2012 13:22:18 +0100
My Donation 4,000,000
With warm hearts I offer my friendship, and my greetings to you in the name
of our lord God, and I hope this letter meets you in good time, I propose
with my free mind and as a person of integrity from God, I know that this
message will appear as a surprise to you that we barely know but the grace
of God directed me to you and I wish you read this message and be blessed
in name of the Lord.
I have a brain tumor, I suffer terribly at the moment. My doctor just
informed me that my days are numbered because of my health therefore
condemned to certain death. Currently, I have exhausted all my savings for
my medical care.
But I do have some funds for my charity project, these funds are deposited
in a fixed deposit in a local bank here in Benin. purposed for charitable
My marital status is such that I'm single because I lost my Husband for
over 9 years now and unfortunately we have not had a child together, which
I am no one to leave my legacy . Therefore, to release my funds I would
like to make a donation so that there is no stiff tax on my money.
To this I would so graceful and in order to help the poor to give what
amounts to said legacy worth Four million euros (4,000,000.00) (Four
Million Euro) to enable you to establish a charitable foundation in my
memory so that the grace of God be with me until my last home so I can
receive an honorable place with the Lord our father.
I have no fear because before contacted you, i have for several nights
prayed for the Lord God to give me the contact of a trusted person to whom
I can entrust this matter and it is the result of why I am doing research
that allowed me to contact you through this site.
Know that you can keep half of the money for yourself and the rest will be
used to create a charitable foundation in my memory and a federation in the
fight against cancer and also build orphanages. I would have the following
information: Your name and first name, your exact address and your
permanent telephone contact so I can forward them to my lawyer to appear
that you perform the procedure under deal.
I count on your goodwill and especially on the proper use of these funds
have something I do not doubt because I have great confidence in you that
God may guide me toward you. My private E-mail: *email@example.com*
Awaiting your prompt reply, receive my cordial and fraternal greetings.
Mrs Mellisa Lewis
My Private email: *firstname.lastname@example.org*