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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 next of kin scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Margaret Ubah" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Margaret Ubah" <Ubah@mail2coastguard.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 10:27:11 +0000 (UTC)
Heavenly Greetings, How are you hope you are keeping healthy, permitted me to ask you if you are in full time ministerial word? Is your ministry into humanitarian activities? Compliments,
Let me quickly introduce myself as Mrs. Margaret Ubah, married to Mr. Godwin Ubah, a South African, based business man in South Africa who until his death was a timber export merchant here in South Africa Its a sorrowful thing to say that he died in a fatal motor accident along side with our only son on the 10th of April 2013, while coming back from a business meeting. (God knows best). When my husband was alive, He deposited a total sum of (US$15.5million) with a financial institution in CÃ´te d'Ivoire with my name as the next of kin.
As God may have it, recently I was diagnosed of live cancer, and the doctors said I have just six months to live-In view of my condition, and the fact that I have nobody to leave this money behind for, with the exception of my husband people who are not Christians I decided to donate this money to either a living Church, a person, or a humanitarian organization that will use this money in propagating the good massage and also taking care of the orphans, widows, and the needy generally.(2 Cor:4:6-18-17).
By so doing, I would have succeeded in immortalizing the names of my late Husband and my only Son. Beloved, though I am sick and dying, I am not afraid of death because I know where I am going. My soul has found a resting place in the handsome blossom of the Lord.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or persecution (Rom 8:28-38 vs. 35) As soon as I receive your reply, I will give you the contact of my husband lawyer in CÃ´te d'Ivoire that I had handed all overÂ the documents to, and he will notify the financial institution and all the legal documents that would warrant the transfer of the fund to you.
Please understand that this message requires urgency as my ill-health demands. Any delay in your response will give me room to contact other person; I also want an assurance that you will use this fund for the purpose I have stated herein.
Hope to hear from you. God, we pray for all those who, following the example of Jesus, search and work for peace, proclaiming and building your reign. Increase their strength and fill them with your grace. Kindly reply to me for more information.
Yours In Christ
Mrs. Margaret Ubah.