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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million dollars" (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: Mrs Marinela Tagor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Mrs Marinela Tagor <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:49:00 +0900 (JST)
Subject: I am Mrs,Marinela Tagor from Israel
I am Mrs,Marinela Tagor from Israel a widow to late Mr
Raoul Tagor I am 68 years old, I am a Christian , suffering from long
time cancer of the breast, from all indication my conditions is really
deteriorating and it is quite obvious that I wouldn't live more than
three months, acco rding to my doctors, and in all indication regards to
medical analysis, this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very
bad stage that no hope for me to be a living person again,
late husband was killed during the France raid against terrorism in
Ivory Coast, and during the period of our marriage we could not produce
any child my late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I
inherited all his business and wealth. the doctors has advised me that I
may not live for more
than Four months, so I now decided to
divide the part of this wealth, to contribute to the development of the
church in America, Africa, As i a an d Europe especially create solution
to problem of less privileged ones and orphanage homes.
selected you after visiting the website I prayed over it; I am willing
to donate the sum of US$2.5 million dollars, to the less privileged.
Please I want you to note the fund is lying in a bank in Ivory Coast and
upon my instruction will file in an application for the transfer of the
money in your name.
Lastly, I honestly pray that this money when
transferred will be used for the said purpose even though I am late
then, because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition without
Christ is vanity and I made the promise to God that the fund will be use
to build his temple. May the grace of our lord Jesus the love of God
and the fellowship of God be with you and your family I await urgent
God blesses you.