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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 "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: rebecca young <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: rebecca young <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:05:22 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Assalamu Alaikum!!
Â Assalamu Alaikum!!
Greetings in the name of Prophet: Mohammed Ibn Abudullah, I want us to know each other before trust because I was sent to contact you by the spirit of Allah Gods for his works he called me to do in your Country, but I'm looking for Allah fearing person i can trust and give him or her the opportunity to serve needy in Islamic World, if you are the person!! Then, note that there are six things the Allah Gods hates, seven that are detestable to him:() Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,() A heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, () A false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
I'm writing this mail to you with heavy tears In my eyes and great sorrow in my heart, I'm Mrs. Rebecca Young, I'm 58 years old woman living in Yamoussoukro the capital of Ivory Coast. I am married to Late Mr. Matt Young, of blessed memory who worked with USA embassy and Cocoa dealer here in Ivory Coast,Â
Before he died in 2011 when Ivory Coast are having presidential election cause civil war. We were married for many years but we could not archive any child, Before his sudden death he deposited the sum of ($ 6.500.000.00 Six Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollar) with bank here in Ivory Coast. Presently this money is still with bank here in Ivory Coast and i am very sick from cancer and tumor partial stroke that i may not last till the next two months according to my doctor report, so i want to donate this funds to any Charity Organization or Individual, who will use the money to build Allah charity home and i have choose you after going through your profile.
I want this money to be ahead amount to the next privileged since i do not have any child to inherit the money and my late husband relatives are all non believers and i don't want my husbands hand earn money to be used in an ungodly ways. Hence the reason for taking this bold decision.Â
I want you to take %30 Percent of the total money for your personal use While 70% of the money will go to orphanage building charity home, propagating the good news of Prophet:Mohammed Ibn Abudullah, and to endeavor Allah Mosque and help less-privileged because, I grew up as an Orphan, and I know that after death I will be with Allah, the most holy and the most merciful. This mail Is a very important confidential massage to you, so if you are interested Email me (Your Full Name:----Age---Occupation---Nationality---) so that i will lead you to next step. I did not choose you by my power but by the power of Allah. Any delay in your respond will give me room to seek for another trustworthy person, Until i hear from you my dreams lay subsequently on your shoulders.
Please give me full assurance that you are Allah fearing person that you will never disappointed me when this funds claimed by you as my beneficiary, I will stop here until i hear from you. Alslam alaikom wa rahmatullah!
May you receive protection from Allah, Remain Bless.
Always pray for my health.Yours faithfully Sister in IslamicMrs. Rebecca Young.