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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 "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Veronica Edward <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Mrs Veronica Edward <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:19:13 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Greetings and God bless you from Mrs.Veronica Edward,
Greetings and God bless you from Mrs.Veronica Edward,
know you will be surprise to read my email, apart from being surprise
you maybe skeptical to reply back to me because based on what is going
on in the internet world, one has to be very careful because a lot of
scam are out there to scam innocent citizen and this has made it very
difficult for people to believe anything that comes through the internet
but this is a different case.
With due Respect and Humanity I
write to donate and hand over this fund to you for orphanages and widows
/ less privileged and propagate the gospel of God(US$5.8M) Five
million Eight hundred thousand dollars deposited in a security firm in
Cote d'Ivoire by my late husband. I, Mrs. Veronica Edward, 68 years old
without a child, married to late Engr.Johnson Edward from Israel who
worked with Oil company (PETROCI) Cote d'Ivoire before he died in the
year 2012 after a Cardiac Arteries Operation, presently my doctor said I
will not last for four months due to Colon Cancer, you are requested to
send your full name, telephone and fax number with your resident
address for documentation process to transfer the fund to you without
any hindrance to accomplish our vow to God.
Always pray for me daily.
Thanks and waiting your quick response.
God bless us
Mrs. Veronica Edward