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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:
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Flore Pinian <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Flore Pinian <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:46:21 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Re: Hello, Dear Beloved One in God
Greetings to you. I am sure this mail would reach you in good health and i believed this will be coming to you as a surprise since we have never met before and you would also be asking why I have decided to choose you amongst the numerous internet users in the world, precisely I cannot say
why I have chosen you but
do not be worried for I come in peace and something
very positive is about to happen to your
life right now and to the lives of others
through you if only
carefully read and digest the message below. The internet has
made the world global villages where you can
reach anybody you have not met before. I saw
your profile on the Internet, which
has made me accomplish my request.
almighty God bless and see you through with this mission.
Before I move further, permit me to give you a little of my biography, I am Mother Mrs Flordevilla Pingkian, 63Years old woman and the wife of Late Sir Ratnavale Pingkian who died in a Plane crash on the October 26, 2007 GMT 14:22 Philippine while they were flying from Manila to Butuan City for a business trip. After the death of my husband I became the Head of his investment and now that I am old and weak I have decided to spend the rest of my life in my Ranch before i finally leave the world, but before the death of my husband we had a plan to use the last days of our lives to donate half of what we have worked for to the less privilege and charity homes and the other half for ourselves, family members and close friends, and it is so unfortunate that my husband is not alive today to do this with me and I am very weak and old now, hence I have decided to do this philanthropic work
on behalf of my late husband.
Presently, I have willed out almost half of our assets to several charity homes and to some of the less privilege in different countries. Despite the agreement between my late husband and I to give aid to the deprived, we also agreed to render support to an individual we have not meet before in life due to the fact when we were still young in life we receive an anonymous help from an individual we did not know and which we have not being able to know till date, the impact we got from such gesture made us to do same.
I was diagnosed of cancer problem. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of (£820,000.00) in our fixed deposit account in a Bank here in London, Presently, the fund is still with the Bank. Recently my doctor confirmed to me that i have pancreatic cancer and that I have just some couple of weeks to live. Having known my condition i decided to donate this money a trustworthy
individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein,
Remain blessed in God. Yours Sister
Mrs Flordevilla Pingkian.