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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. Willis Morgan" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:12:00 -0700
Subject: Mrs. Willis Morgan2
My name is Mrs. Willis Morgan am 75yrs old of age, i stay in new york
city, USA.I am a good merchant, I have several industrial companies
and good share in various banks in the world.I spend all my life on
investment and coporate business. all the way i lost my husband and two
beautiful kids in fatal accident that occur in November 5th 2004.
I am a very greedy woman with all cost i dont know much and care about
people, since when I have an experience of my it difficult to sleep
and give rest.
later in the year 2004 Febuary i was sent a letter of medical check
up,as my personal Doctor testify that i have a lung cancer, which can
easily take off my life soon.I found it uneasy to survive myself,
because a lot of investment cannot be run and manage by me again. I quickly
call up a pastor/prophet to give me positive thinking on this
solution, as my adviser.He minister to me to share my properties ,wealth, to
motherless baby/orphanage homes/people that need money for survivor
both student that need money/ business woman and man for their
investment and for future rising. So i am writing this letter to people who
really need help from me both student in college, to contact me urgently.
so that i can make available preparation on that.especially women of
the day, who are divorced by their husband, why they cannot survive the
mist of feeding theirself.
please contact me and stop weeping. probably let me now what you
really need the money for, and if you can still help me to distribute
money to nearest orphanages homes near your town. now am so much with
God, am now born again. May you be blessed, as you reach me,please to
remind you, don't belongs to scammers or any act of fraudulent on
internet. I will give more information to you as i await your response
Mrs. Willis Morgan