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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "email@example.com" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Paula Azmeh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:44:22 +0100
Subject: Mrs Paula Azmeh writing from /
Mrs Paula Azmeh writing from /
Al hassan st. Abou Rumaneh hospital ,Damascus, Syria.
Greeting to you in the name of our Lord,
I am the above named person from Syria, I am married to Dr Farid Azmeh
who is an international Contractor before his death with our only son
due to the War in our country syria.
Before his death we were both born again Christian and we worship in
glorious chapel church of God. When my late husband was alive he
deposited the sum of ( $35 million United States. dollars) in Ivory
Coast, Presently the fund is still with the Bank.
Recently, my Doctor told me that i have serious sickness which is
cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness but
I pray to God to heal me so that I will be alive and see his work done.
Having 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 widows,
propagating the word of God and to endeavour that the house of God is
maintained, and also some part of it for charity, The Bible made us to
understand that blessed is the hand that giveth.
I took this decision because I don't have any children, my only son is
death, he was the only one who was suppose to inherit this money and my
husband relatives are not Christians and also unbelievers in the lord
and I don't want my husband 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
My Dear, please I don't need any telephone communication in this regard
because of my health and also the condition of my country presently,
hence the presence of my husband relatives around me always, I don't
want them to know about this development, With God all things are
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you further details on how
you will communicate with Bank and claim the donation of the fund into
your bank Account in your country.
I want you to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd. My
happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian and whoever that
Wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth.
Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for another
church or individual for this same purpose.Please assure me that you
will act accordingly as I Stated herein.
Hoping to receive your reply for more details and may God be with you.
Please for security reasons and more details i will like that you get
back to me on (email@example.com)
Your sister in Christ,
Mrs Paula Azmeh.