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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Dothyana <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Dothyana <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2014 04:43:15 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Mrs.Dothyana Uchindo (Donation to God)
>From Mrs.Dothyana Uchindo (Donation to God)
am Mrs.Dothyana Uchindo from a city Abidjan Cote d'ivoire West Africa, I
am married to Mr.Savilek Uchindo, I and my late husband was into,
Estate management and also a Government Estate Building Contractor
before my husband death on January 25 2009. We were married for eleven
years without a child due to my fibriod problem. He died after a brief
Before his death we were both born again Christian.
Since my husband death I have been diagnised with esophageal cancer.When
my lat e husba nd was alive we deposited the sum of $3.8,Million (USD)
dollars in a Finance Security Firm. Presently the money is still in the
security Firm. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the
next two weeks due to cancer problem. From all indications, my
condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not
live more than one week, because the cancer stage has gotten to a very
dangerous stage .
Having known my condition I decided to donate
this fund to good person that will utilize this money the way I am going
to instruct herein. I want you to use at last 80% this fund for
orphanages, widows and and also propagating the word of God and to
endeavor that the house of God is maintained and take the remaining 20%
to take good care of your good God Given Home. l took this decision
because I don't have any child that will inherit this money.
is why I am taking this decision to donate this fund for charity. I am
no t afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am
going to be in the bosom of the Lord.Exodus 14 VS 14 says that "the lord
will fight my case and I shall hold my peace". I don't need any
telephone communication in this regard because of my health. My
happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian.Whoever that
Wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth, always be
prayerful all through your life.
Write to me on the this email
address immediately. Assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated
herein. Hoping to receive your response immediately with your full
contact information as follow:
1.Full Name .........................................
2.Residential address ...........................
3.Private Phone No ..............................
6.Country of Origin .............................
Thanks and Remain blessed in the Lord.
yours sister in Christ.