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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:
- "trunk box" (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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: rebecca young <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:23:49 +0900 (JST)
Subject: may Almighty Gods Bless You,
may Almighty Gods Bless You,
in the name of Almighty Gods, I want us to know each other before trust
because I was sent to contact you by the spirit of Allah Gods for his
work he called me to do for your Country, but I am looking for Allah
Gods fearing person I can trust and give him or her the opportunity to
serve needy in Islamic Would, if you are the person!! Then, note that
there are six things the Allah Gods hates, seven that are detestable to
him:() Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,() A
heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into
evil, () A false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up
conflict in the community.
I am writing this mail to you with
heavy tears In my eyes and great sorrow in my heart, I'm Mrs. Rebecca
Young, I'm 57 years old woman living in Yamoussoukro the capital of
Ivory Coast. I am married to Late Mr. Mate Young, of blessed memory who
worked with USA embassy and Cocoa dealer here in Ivory Coast,
he died in 2011 when Ivory Coast are having presidential election civil
war. We were married for many years but we could not archive any child,
Before his sudden death he deposited the sum of ($7,000,000.00USD SEVEN
MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLAR INTO TRUNK BOX) with Security Company here
for security purpose when rebels are attacking some banks here.
this money is still with security company with the trunk box herein
Ivory Coast. And I am very sick from cancer and tumor partial stroke
that I may not last till the next two months according to my doctor
report, so I want to donate this funds to any Charity Organization or
Individual, who will use the money to work for Gods charity homes and I
have choose you after going through your profile.
I want this
money to be share ahead amount to the next privileged since I do not
have a child to inherit the money and my late husband relatives all are
non believers and I don't want my husbands hand earn money to be used in
an ungodly ways. Hence the reason for taking this bold decision.
want you to take %30 Percent of the total money for your personal use
While 70% of the money will go to orphan charity, people in the street
and helping the orphanage homes, because I grew up as an Orphan, and I
know that after death I will be with Almighty Gods the most holy and the
most merciful. This mail Is a very important confidential massage to
you, so if you are interested Email me (Your Full Name:__ Age__
Occupation__) so that I will lead you to next step.
I did not
choose you by my power but by the power of Gods. Any delay in your
respond will give me room to seek for another trustworthy person, Until I
hear from you my dreams lay subsequently on your shoulders. Please tell
me with full assurance as Allah fearing person that you will never
disappointed me when this funds claimed by you as my beneficiary?
I will stop here until I hear from you. Alslam alaikom wa rahmatullah!
May Almighty Gods Bless You. Always pray for my health.
Yours faithfully Love Sister
Mrs. Rebecca Young!!!