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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:
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:45:54 +0530
Subject: Are you interested in a loan?
I am Mrs Karolin Wolfram 81-years living in United Kingdom, who God has touched in a glorious way to fulfill His blessing toward charity / mankind. I have asked God for forgiveness and I believed He has because He is a merciful God. I will be going in for an operation on Friday, which the doctor has indirectly said is 50/50 chance of surviving after diagnosis me with Cancer in three (3) years ago. Read Romans 1:16-17 I have decided to WILL/donate my late husband entitlement of $11.8Million USD (Eleven Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars) which I inherited from him to you for the good work of God and to serve His divine purpose and favor to humanity as that has be my late husband unfinished work before his death. Recently, my Family members have engrossed into my late husband's inherited funds after receiving the message from the doctor that I might not survive the operation. They want me dead to enable them inherit the fund for their selfish interest, and I we not allow that to happen.
I am only privilege to send you this letter with the help of a lady nurse here who has be so kind to me believing that a total stranger like you can fulfill my last wish to humanity. All I ask from you is to make sure that you use this fund for the work of God to fulfill His divine purpose and favor to humanity. It is clear that I donât know you BUT God known you more than I can ever do. For this purpose I bow my knees and pray for you, May the Lord bless you abundantly as you fulfill this mystery toward charity and Humanitarian service. Thus, you are to use 60% of the funds for this Humanitarian Mission while 10% goes to my family Lawyer and 30% goes to you for your faithfulness toward God and mankind. Lastly, I want you to pray for me regarding my health situation, because I have come to find out that to everything there is a season; and a time to every purpose under the heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1â8) May the Grace of our Lord, the love of God, and the sweet fellowship of th
e Holy Spirit be with you now and forever more, Amen. I we send you the information of my lawyer once i hear from you.
Mrs Karolin Wolfram