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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: Kathryn Fologo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:48:29 +0200
Subject: From Hospital
I am writing this mail to you with due respect, trust and humanity, I appeal to you to exercise a little patience and read through my letter, I sincerely write this email to you with pains, tears and sorrow from my heart, I will really like to have a good understanding with you and I have a special reason why I decided to contact you, I decided to contact you due to the urgency of my situation and you are located where I need my fund to be distributed among charity organizations.
My name is Kathryn Fologo writing to you from hospital bed, therefore this message is very urgent. I have a donation to make which I will need your assistance to carry it out for me in your country, I will be 62 years old this coming month and I'm a widow.
I inherited the sum of $ 5.4 Million, from my late husband Mr. Daniel Fologo, I want to give it out to Orphanages homes and Charity Organizations as a vow which I made before the God.
I have a serious lung and breast cancer and will be going for surgical operation next weeks, though the doctors already confirmed that I will only last for some months but I am happy and glad that God kept me safe and guided me to accomplished my heart desires here on earth, I will be happy to meet Him where He wants me to be.
As soon as I hear from you, my house helper will send the documents of the fund to you and he will direct you to a lawyer who will help you to make a change of ownership of the fund in order for the bank to transfer the money to you.
This is the favor I need from you when you received the money under your control.
(1) I want you to give 10% of the money to Benjamin, he is my house helper and I promised to support him until he finishes his education, he is a little boy and Orphan so guide him to manage his share of the money.
(2) Give 60% of the money to Charity Organizations, Orphanage homes and Religious Activities on my name so that my vow and promise to God will be fulfilled.
(3) The remaining 30% should be for you and others that you may wish to assist.
I pray that God will give you a good heart to assist me for the benefit of suffering children and use you to accomplish my heart desire.
Pray for me always.
Mrs. Kathryn Fologo.