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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "but i feel quite safe dealing with you" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- "liberia" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Rose Johnson" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 14:31:43 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: My Dearest in Christ,
My Dearest in Christ,
I apologize if the contents in this mail are contrary to your moral ethics which I feel may be of great disturbance To your personal life, but I feel quite safe dealing with you. Though this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused I choose to reach you through it because it remains the fastest, surest and most secured medium of communication. However, this correspondence is purely private, and it should be treated as such. I am contacting you based on Trust and
confidentiality I have reposed higher confidence in your ability to handle this matter perfectly for my sake.I am serious minded person. I am the above named person from Liberia. I am married to Mr. Frank Johnson who worked with Embassy here in South Africa for nine years before he died in the year 2008 We were married for eleven years without a child.He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born again Christian. I married him because is a Christian why his people are Muslim
Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $9.Million (Nine Million U.S. Dollars) a HSBC BANK this money is still in a HSBC BANK. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next two to three Months due to cancer problem the one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided To keep this fund in the vault I want an organization or an individual that will use this fund for orphanages, widows, Propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained The Bible made us to understand that Blessed is the hand that grieves. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money I will introduce you to my family Doctor that will prepare an authorization letter of claiming the fundsÂ my happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian . Whoever ! that wants to
Serve him in spirit and truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life. Any delay in your reply will give me Room in sourcing another person for this same purpose Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated Herein hoping to receive your reply and Remain blessed in the Lord Please send me your complete information,
Please Kindly send your reply to my private email address:Â (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(1). Full names:
(2). contact address
(4). Cell phone:
Mrs. Rose Johnson