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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)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Jennifer Edward <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Jennifer Edward <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:05:03 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Greeting's In The Name Of The Lord!!!
Dearest In The Lord,
Endeavor to use the Fund as i stated herein!!!
With Due Respect And Humility, I was compelled to write you under a
humanitarian ground. My name is Mrs.Jennifer Edward., I am 68yrs
old,From Kuwait,I am married to late Mr.Edward G. Robinson who until
his death was The chairman/CEO of k:E global industries and a
philanthropist based in Cote d' Ivoire.
We were married for 38 years without a child. And Recently, I was
diagnosed of cancer problem (cancer of the liver). When my husband was
alive,He made this deposit of $(3.9Million)U.S. Dollars, Three Million nine
hundred thousand U.S. Dollars in a Finance Security Company here in
Abidjan. for safe keeping.Presently this money is still in the Vault
of the firm.Having known my condition I decided to to donate this
money to any good spirited individual,charity
organization,christian,Hindus, Muslim or any Individual that have the
poor and the destitute in his or heart that can utilize this money the
way I am going to instruct herein.
I want that you use this money according to the desire of my late
husband to help the Less privileged,needles and the
orphanages,building churches,maintaining house of God,building
orphanages,schools and building care homes. I took this decision
because I have no offspring and seeing the sufferings of people
around,i decided to donate it, And I do not want in away where this
money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why I am taking this
decision to hand you over this money.Though i don't know you nor met
you before but i believe that the Almighty will work through you in
accomplishing his will.I want you to always remember me in your daily
prayers because of my up coming Cancer Surgery.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I have Stated
herein. Expecting to receive your re-assuring reply.