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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:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Tammy Andreas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 18:26:31 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Mrs Tammy Andreas,
Greetings to you in the name of our lord Jesus Christ,
I have contacted you after going through your profile, I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to its Esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me as a reputable and trust worthy person. I am Mrs. Tammy Andreas, from United Kingdom, I am a widow to Late Dr. Andreas Richter, I am 52 years old Suffering from long time cancer.
>From all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that I may not live more than 2 months, according to my Doctors this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. My late husband was very wealthy business man and after his death I inherited all his business empire because the two children$B!G(Bs in which I Gave birth to are no more the doctors has advised me that I may not Live for more than 2 months, so I now decided to divide the part of this wealth, to contribute for the development of the church in Africa, America Asia and Europe.
I selected you after visiting the website and I prayed over it. I am willing to donate the sum of $4.900.000.00usd (Four million Nine hundred Thousand United States dollars) to the less privileged. Please I want you to note that this fund was deposited in a Bank here as soon as I Hear from you I will forward to you all the information that you will use to get this fund transfer from the Bank to your Account in your country for this mission.
Honestly pray that this money when transferred to your Country will be used for the said purpose, because I have come to find out that wealth Acquisition without Christ is vanity. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ the Love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you and your family.
Please your urgent reply will be highly appreciated.
Mrs. Tammy Andreas