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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: Omar Charity <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Omar Charity <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:30:29 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Charity Omar
Â Charity OmarÂ
Greeting in the name of Almighty Allah The Most BeneficentThe Most MercifulÂ Â Please donât be surprise by receiving my message, i amÂ currently sending you this mail from my sick bed in theÂ hospital despite my critical condition But don't worry,Â All i hope is that you will not betray this trust andÂ confident that I am about to repose on you. I have to thankÂ Allah this moment for his direction as regards thisÂ mission,Â Â I am Mrs Charity Omar a muslim convert from switzerland IÂ am married to Late Mr. Madiga Habib Â who is a wealthy businessÂ man here in Greece we were married for many years withÂ out a child before he diedÂ after a brief illnessÂ Â Before his sudden death we where devoted muslim When my lateÂ husband was alive he deposited the sum of three MillionÂ Euros (â¬3.000.000.00) in one of theÂ prime bank here in Greece Presently this money is stillÂ with the Bank,and i am very sick from Kidney cancer that iÂ may not last till the next two months according to my doctorÂ so i decided to donate this money to a honest individual whoÂ will use it to work for Allah, orphans, widow andÂ maintenance of mosque to fulfill the vow i and my lateÂ husband made to Allah,and i have choosen you after praying,Â Â I want this money to be use as i have said since i do notÂ have any child to inherit it and our relatives are allÂ unbelivers and i don't want our hard earn money to beÂ use in ungodly way you will take 15% of this fund and useÂ 85% as i stated,the reason for taking this bold decision.Â Â I know that after death I will be with Allah the most holyÂ and the most merciful as soon as i read from you i will giveÂ you more details on how to achieve it,i need your urgentÂ reply as i dont know what tomorrow will resultÂ Â
Your Sister in IslamÂ Mrs Charity Omar