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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 "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Grace Ebony <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 12:20:10 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Message From Mrs Grace Ebony,
Message From Mrs Grace Ebony,
My greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.I am Mrs. Grace Ebony from South Africa.I am married to Archdeacon.Johnson . whom untill his death served as archdeacon in the St.Micheal'sarchdea conry in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died .We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.Before his death we were both born again Christian. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $6.5,000 000 in one of the Bank for safe keeping. Presently,my Doctor confirmed to me that I have serious sickness which is cancer problem.Haven known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a church that will use this fund for orphanages,helping the widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained.
The Bible made us to understand thatâBlessed is the hand that givethâ. I took this decision because I donât have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I donât want my husbandâs efforts to be used by unbelievers. I donât want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says thatâthe lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peaceâ.
I donât need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of my husbandâs relatives around me always. I donât want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible.As soon as I receive your reply I will give you the contact of the Bank. I want you to always pray for me because of my ill health.My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian.
Whoever that Wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life.Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another church or individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs Grace Ebony,