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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.
- 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: mrs lilian anderson <email@example.com>
Reply-To: mrs lilian anderson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 00:09:37 +0100 (BST)
Dearest in the Lord,
With due Respect and Humanity I write to donate/ hand over this fund to you My name is Mrs. Lilian Anderson Ledoh. I am married to Engineer William Anderson Ledoh. from Indonesia, who worked with Oil company (Shell) here in London, UNITED KINGDOM, for nine years before he died in the year 2008. We were married for eleven years without a child, He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days and before his death we were both born again Christian. Since 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 deposited the sum of ($7.8 MILLION U.S.A DOLLARS) in Zenith bank UK. And recently, My Doctor told me that I would not last for the next four months due to my cancer problem (cancer of the lever and stroke). Presently this money is still in the bank. Having known my condition I am in need of a honest Hearted Individual Christian or Church that will utilize
this fund the way I am going to instruct herein. I want somebody that will use this fund according to the desire of my late husband to help Less-privileged people, orphanages, widows and propagating the word of God.
I took this decision because I dont have any child that will inherit this fund, And I dont want in away where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why I am taking this decision to hand you over this fund. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I want you to always remember me in your daily prayers because of my up coming Cancer Surgery.Write back to me as soon as possible because any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another person for this same purpose, Hoping to read from you soon. With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I will issue you an authorization letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of this fund.
Please reply through my alternative email address: email@example.com
May God Bless You,
Mrs. Lilian Anderson Ledoh.