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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "a security company " (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- ",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)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Alima Ammed <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2013 13:38:38 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Dearest in Christ,
Dearest in Christ,
GREETING IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD
hope you will not be embarrassed receiving this mail as we have not had
previous correspondences on this. I got your email address through the
assistance of Microsoft church directory system.
I hope you
will not impede the trust and confidence I repose in you. In brief
introduction.I am Mrs Alima Sandra Ammed,from Saudi Arabia.I am married
to late Mr Ali Abu Peter Ammed, who worked with Saudi Arabia Embassy in
Ivory Coast for Twenty years before he died in the year 2011,after a
brief illness that lasted for only five days.
We were married
for Eighteen years without a child. Before the untimely death of my
husband,we were both born again Christians. Since after his death I
decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which
the Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he kept the sum of
(US$4,000,000 M)(FOUR Million Dollar) with other family valuables with a
security company here in Cote dIvoire registered it as art work
belonging to his foreign partner who will be coming for the release and
export to abroad .Recently,Following my ill health, Doctors have told
me of my detoriating ill health due to my cancer problem.Having known my
condition, I decided to donate this fund to a Christain organization
(Church) or believer in Christ who will utilize this money the way I am
going to instruct herein,according to the desire of my late husband
before his death.
I want this fund to be used in Christain
Activities like, Orphanages, Christain schools,and Churches for
propagating the word of God and to endeavor
that the house of God is maintained.The Bible made us to understand
that "Blessed is the hand that giveth".I took this decision because I
don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband
relatives are still muslems and I don't want my husband's efforts to be
used by unbelievers. I don't 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 that "the lord will
fight my case and I shall hold my peace".I don't need any telephone
communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of
my husband's relatives around me always.I don't want them to know about
this development.With God all things are possible.
As soon as I receive your reply, I shall give you the contact of the securitya company here in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire.I will also
give you the document that will prove that you the present beneficiary of this fund.
want you and the Church to always pray for me because the lord is my
shephard.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 might be a reason for me to contactc another believer or
Church for this same purpose.email with this adres
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated here in.
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Yours in Christ
Alima Sandra Ammed.