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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:
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Rita Michelle <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Rita Michelle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:58:31 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: FROM RITA
With Due Respect, I am
writing this mail to you with heavy tears in my eyes and great sorrow in
my heart. My name is Mrs. Rita Michelle from France; my husband
Mr.Herve Michelle who worked with Total oil company, and later a
contractor in oil industry before his death, we were married for 20
years without a child and He died after a brief illness that lasted for
only few days. I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my
matrimonial home which he is against. When my late husband was alive he
deposited the sum of $10 Million USD with one of the banks. Recently my
doctor confirmed to me that I have serious sickness which is cancer
problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Haven
known my condition I decided to donate this money to a Christian or any
other religion institutions or individual that will utilize this money
the way I am going to instruct herein.
want a Christian and other religion person that will use this money for
orphanage homes, hospitals, Churches, schools, and propagation of his
word and to Endeavour that his house is maintained. He made us to
understand that blessed is the hand that gives. "Help one another in
righteousness and piety" I took this decision because I don't have any
child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not God
fearing and I don't want my husband's effort to be used by unbelievers. I
don't want a situation whereby this money will be used in ungodly way.
This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death hence I
know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the
almighty. Thou wariest only him who followed the reminder and feared the
beneficent in secret to him bear tiding of forgives and a rich reward. I
don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my
health hence the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I
don't want them to know about this development. With almighty all things
are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I will direct you on how
this vision will be realized.
happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy believer. Whoever that
wants to serve the almighty God must serve him in spirit and truth.
Please always be prayerful all through your life. Any delay in your
reply will give me room to sourcing another for this purpose.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein.
Hoping to receive your response immediately
Yours sincerely Sister