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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mercy.D.Jordan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 12:47:38 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Response to me immediately,
Response to me immediately,
I am Mrs. Mercy.D.Jordan,a citizen of South Africa, I am 45 years old, I am suffering from a long time cancer of the breast. from all indication my condition is really deteriorating, and my doctors have courageously advised me that I may not live beyond the next Six months; this is because the cancer stage has reached a critical stage.
I am married to Late Eng.D.Jordan, a Diamond merchant here in Abidjan before his death on the 19th November 2011. We were married for years without a child. Before the death of my late husband, he deposited the sum of (6.300.000) Six million three hundred United State dollars in one of the Finance Security House
here in Abidjan.
I want a church, organization or good person that will use this funds to help the orphans, widows and the less privileges ones that need financial assistance. Using part of this money to provide facilities for God's work, I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not worthy to inherit this money, it had been their wish to see my husband dead in order that they might inherit his wealth since we have no child. This is why I am taking this decision, to donate this fund to a church.
I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of my husband's relatives are around me always.
I don't want them to know about this development and l know that With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Finance Security House, I will also issue a letter of authorization to the Security House that will prove you the present beneficiary of this money. I also want you to always remember me in prayer. Any delaying your reply will give me room in sourcing for another good person, church, organization for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein Hoping to receive your response immediately,
Your Beloved one.
Sister . Mercy.D.Jordan