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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: Kebel Mamoffi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Kebel Mamoffi <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 01:58:38 +0900 (JST)
From Mrs.Kebel Mamoffi,Â
Compliments of the day!
It's my pleasure to have contact with you,based on the critical condition I find mine self,though, I am writing this mail to you with heavy tears In my eyes and great sorrow in my heart,My Name is Â Mrs.Kebel Mamoffi; I want to tell you this because i dont have any other option than to tell you as i was touched to open up to you, I am married to Mr.Rowland Mamoffi who worked with embassy here nine years before he died in Motor accident with my two kids.
Since his death I decided not to remarry,When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of â¬6 5,000 000 Â Million, Six Million Five Hundred Thousand Euro) in security company, Presently, this money is still in the security company. He made this money available for exportation. Recently, My Doctor told me that I would not last for the period of three months due to cancer problem.The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness.Having known my condition I decided to hand you over this money to take care of the less-previlaged people, you will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want you to take 10 Percent of the total money for your personal use While 90% of the money will go to charity" people in the street and helping the orphanage.
I don't want my husband's efforts to be used by the Gorvernment or the security company. where the money is deposited. am doing this so that God will forgive my sins and accept my soul because this sickness have suffered me so much.
Please if I reach you this time as I am hopeful, Please try to get back to me as soon as possible with the below information to enable me obtain an authorization letter that legally and officially approved you the new beneficiary of my inheritance from Ministry of authorities, so that immediately the authorization is ready, I will send it to you with the contact of the security company.
1. Full Name....
5. Date of Birth....