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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 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.Vivian Hent <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2013 17:29:10 -0600 (CST)
Subject: GOOD DAY........................................
My Dearest ,
I am the above named person. I am
married to Mr. Johnson Hent who before his death was a wealthy cocoa
Merchant here in Cote d'Ivoire . We were married for 26 years without a
child. Before the death of my husband we were both born again
My Husband left the sum of US$3.800 million United
States Dollars in a fix/suspense account in one of the prime bank here
in Cote d'Ivoire . Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not exceed
more than five more months due to cancer problem. The one that disturbs
me most is my blood pressure sickness. Having known my condition I
decided to seek for your kind assistance to transfer this fund into your
account and you will use it to train my adopted daughter who is 16yrs.
You will take her as your God child and brought her up in a good and
decent manner with what my late husband left behind.
I took this
decision to contact because of my condition and for the facts that my
husband relatives wants to size everything and throw my adopted daughter
out of the inheritance.So I want to use this little time I have to
achieve this arm before joining my ancestors.
your interest and willingness in this transaction by writing back to me
through the above email address. I want your maximum cooperation and
keep this as confidential for security reasons.I am sincerely waiting
for your kind and urgent response as soon as your receive this mail.
contact me with my private email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and God bless you.