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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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)
- "consignment " (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: mooor moor <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:28:39 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Greetings and God Bless you
Greetings and God Bless you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.Â I am the Sister Rebecca, from Kuwait. I'm 57 year old.Â I am married to late Mr.Â Mate Young, who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he
died in the year 2011, political civil war .We were married for thirteen
years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for
only four days.Â
Bible made us to understand inÂ Proverbs
6: vs 16-19. 16: There are six things the Almighty Lord hates, seven
that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that
shed innocent blood:18Â A heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that
are quick to rush into evil: 19 A false witness who pours out lies and a
person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Before the death of my husband we were both born again Christian. then after
his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my
matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband was
alive, because of the political civil war here my husband
deposited the sum of ($9.Million, Dollars inside a trunk box
consignment for security purposeÂ as our family valuable, in one of the highers Safety Security Company in Ivory Coast.)
I am contacting to hand you over this fund for helping Disables as
donation transfer because, Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not
last for the next Nine months due to cancer problem.Â Having
known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a person he/her
church that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein for Disables.
I want a person he/her church that will use this
fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavor
that the house of God is maintained.Â Also,
I will like you to receive this trunk box in your country safe and
plane for me to travel over there to see the Disables works you are
doing with my donation fund to enable me kneel and give Thanks to Almighty God.
Bible made us to understand that "Blessed is the hand that giveth". I took
this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this
money and my husband relatives are not Christians their Pagans and I
don't want my husband's efforts to be used by unbelievers.I don't want a
situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why I am taking this decision.
I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am
going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that "the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace".Â I did need a telephone communication in this regard because of my health about this development.
With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply with your name and address, I shall contact the Security company in Ivory Coast, where this trunk box was deposited and move your name and email id to their office for proceeds.
Â Also,I will issueÂ you an Authorization Letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of this fund in trunk box.Â I want you and your
church to always pray for me because the lord is my
Shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever Whom Wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth.
Please always be prayerful all through your life. Contact me on myÂ email any
delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another person with
his/her church for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act
accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply.Â Â Remain blessed in the Lord.Â Be protected by Almighty God.Yours In Christ Sister. Rebecca.