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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Andrea Roland <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Mrs Andrea Roland <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2014 04:35:42 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Greetings to you.
Greetings to you,
know you will be surprise receiving this letter from me and transaction
of this magnitude will make any one get worried, but I am assuring you
that all will be well at the end of the day because this is a great
favor from Father Almighty to you. With due respect, let me start by
first introducing myself properly to you. I am Mrs. Andrea Roland, I am
not feel fine now and My doctor just informed me that my days are
numbered because of my health will increasingly degrading. I have a
large sum of money that I want to make available to you; so you can use
it for good will.
If I chose to contact you is because, I wish
that this operation is done in utmost discretion without too much
publicity because of my previous activities. I wish that you agree to
serve legal administrator (beneficiary) and perform an action program by
creating a foundation or an NGO to help the elderly and children in
My marital status is such that I'm
single because I lost my husband for over 15 years now and unfortunately
we did not have a child together, I have no one to whom to leave my
legacy to, this is the reason while I wanted to donation this money to
you and your organization. I will be so graceful in order to help the
poor; I am donating this sum of TWO MILLION HUNDRED US DOLLARS
($2.000,000) to help you establish a charitable foundation in my memory
so that the grace of God be with me to my final resting place for me to
receive an honorable place with the Lord our father.
fear, I am contacting you because I prayed for several nights for the
Lord Jesus Christ, can give me the contact of a trusted person to whom I
could entrust this matter. When I was still working, I was a woman of
Business and it allowed me to touch many areas of business, some of
which have not been legal. Know that you can keep half this money to
yourself and the rest half will be used to create a charitable
foundation in my memory and a federation of fight against cancer and
also has build orphanages for abandoned children and the poor.
project I wish intend to achieve with this fund is to base on
commandment of Jesus Christ in Mathew 28: 18, 19 by opening a charitable
foundation to help the elderly, children in difficult circumstances and
The Bible states that everything in his time and it's
time for you to receive these funds for the works of the eternal. Ask
and ye shall receive, seek and you will find, knock and it shall be
opened unto you (Matthew 7:7). I will like to have confirmation of your
details such as: (Name, address, telephone, Occupation, marital status,
age) and know what project you intend to achieve with these funds? I
count on your goodwill and especially the proper use of these funds and I
am waiting for your urgent respond, to enable me to put you in contact
with my bank manager for immediately transfer of this money into your
Please forgive me if these proposals offend
your moral ethics. I thank you so much in advance for your kind
understanding to help, as I look forward to hear from you soon.
All the best,
Mrs. Andrea ROLAND