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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 of america" (this email uses bad English)
- 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 (Hotmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: cancer woman <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2014 22:32:03 +0100
Subject: Attn; can i trust you my good one?
Please My only Good one,
Please do not be offended for this message i am sending you now and please
do not feel it so difficulty it is very important from you please because
God knows why he ask me to contact you.
Please kindly accept my apology for sending this unsolicited message to you
Please I am Mrs. Meryll Rogerson, A widow to Late Bill Rogerson. I am
73years old from U.S.A, i am affected with cancer of the breast and stroke,
I got your contact information from my late husband diary before i decided
to contact/hand you over this, we are both from United State of America. My
condition is really
deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not live more than 2
months, because the cancer stage has gotten its 3rd stage.
My dear, i want you to understand that before i contacted you i have
fasted and prayed to God almighty for him to lead me to the rightful
person who can help me accomplish my last wish on earth because
according to my doctor he has informed me that i may not survive this
upcoming surgical operation which i am very scared about.
After my Doctor Notice that i might not survive the surgery operation
,i have decided to give my fortune, by contributing to the lives and
well being of the poor and needy children, the poor which is very essential
and also the widow, orphanages, and cancer patients as me. I just want you
to forget about the distance between me and you.
I am willing to donate the sum of ($5.7,84000million usd only) and my
jewelries to you to the orphans in your
Country which is still the major inheritance which me and my late husband
has left in the bank and i do not have any child who can help me with this
also i do not want the bank to take over this. I wish you could be someone
who i could trust with all my heart, to make this wish of mine come true
despite my prayers over you before i get to contact you because am only
here to see if i can hand you over this fund. This is why with God in my
heart i contacted you and i want you to contact me back so we be in contact
with all the poor souls out there.
BUT ARE YOU REALLY SURE I CAN TRUST YOU MY GOOD ONE?
Please kindly get back to me here on my email address:
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell me if i can trust you before i will
tell you the next step to follow before this fund will be transferred to
you within 7working days:
Please remember me in your daily prayers.
God Bless You.
Mrs. Meryll Rogerson
The cancer woman