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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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Cyntia Adams <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Cyntia Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 03:18:11 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dearest,
Mrs.Cyntia Adams, I am married to Mr Peter Adams. Having no family
because my husband and I had not had children before his death, I took
the decision to bequeath my whole legacy is $12,800,000 million USD
Doller to a charity or a person of good character so that the money used
to build an orphanage, hospital or any other action going in the field
of charitable effort to disinherit the child.
I do not want my
money to be managed by a selfish because unfortunately you and I know
that our leaders are not good morals and my money could be found in
their accounts abroad or be used to buy luxury residences or satisfy any
desire of this kind instead of being used to help underprivileged
children the way I want.
The money is deposited in a Bank, this
where I am currently reside.l want the money to be invested wisely in
the areas mentioned above to make my goal of making a little help to the
needy is reached .
If you know of good character or a charity or
a person working for the underprivileged and children with the fear of
God does not hesitate to contact me as soon as possible because I am
very weak from the disease but do not know if I'll take the 2 months I
have been given.
I know it does not may be open to me the gates
of heaven, but at least I'd go clear conscience knowing that I
contribute a little to make this world a better place to live right.
May God bless you.