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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million us 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: Nguyen Green <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:40:47 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Mrs. Nguyen Wetaegoh Green
Am writing you this letter with a hubble heart
Mrs. Nguyen Wetaegoh Green
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you, please i need a trust-worthy person that will help me to receive this money.I am very sorry. I hope that you will read through this email and understand how difficult things can be for someone in a particular period inlife, I introduce my self to you with all faith, trust and hope you will understand to assist me not to betray me at the end.
My name is Mrs. Nguyen Wetaegoh Green a Filipino American , I am 59 years old, I am suffering from a long time Cancer of the breast. From all indication my condition is really deteriorating, and my Doctors have courageously advised me that I may not live beyond next month 2015, this is Because the cancer stage has reached a critical stage.Meanwhile. I was brought up in a Motherless baby as home and married to my late husband for twenty years without a child of our own and at my 45years birthday anniversary we decided to adopt a child called Master Loveday. My husband and I are true Christians, but quite unfortunately, he Died at polital crisis in Cote d'ivoire West Africa on 2th April 2011 after presidential election inÂ Cote d'ivoire West Africa country where he want for business deal and unfortunately the war started over there and he died at cocody hospital as a result of blood bleeding according to report.
Before his death we were both born again Christians. I decided not to re-marry, My husband Deposited the sum of (FIFTEEN Million US Dollars ($15.000.000.00 )left in a suspense account in Cote d'Ivoire Presently which he planned for foreign investment, As am writing to you now this money is still with the bank in Cote d'Ivoire and i want you if you will assist me and transfer this money into your Country to take care of my son and also invest the money into a very good LUCRATIVE VENTURE which am ready to give you 15percent from the total fund if your willing to assist me and 10percent for humanitari-an programme in your country.
Why i contacted you is because i saw a good information namedÂ International web site directory through online trade 2014 site when i was browsing to get a good investor in your country web Trade.
Among the charity organization that will benefit from the %10 ARE poor and the motherless baby as, orphanage Homes and widows around. I must let you know that this was a very hard decision, But I had to take a bold step towards this issue because I have no further optionÂ as i put my trust on God to heal me from this bad illness .
I hope you will help see my last wishes come true.
This fortune we have revealed to you should remain confidential as it only you who we have told about it if your willing for the business.
Anticipating to hear from you quick please
Thanks and God Bless.
Mrs. Nguyen Wetaegoh Green