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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:
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: JOHN14V6JESUS IS THE WAY <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: JOHN14V6JESUS IS THE WAY <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:56:14 +0900 (JST)
Subject: DEAREST ONE OF GOD
DEAREST ONE OF GOD
Please do not ignore this message because you are choosing to work on this project I want you to read this letter very carefully because I know you will be surprise on receiving my letter but as a servant of the living God you should known that our ways is not his ways he work in many ways and all things work out for good to those that believe in CHRIST JESUS.
I am Mrs. Mary Barbara Neya from Kuwait, I am married to Mr. James Neya before he died from heat attack that last for only 1 day.
My late husband was very wealthy business man and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth.
Recently, my doctor made it clear to me that I can not live for more than one month, so now I decided to share part of our wealth, to contribute to the development of orphanages in AFRICA, AMERICA, ASIA, SOUTH AMERICA and EUROPE for almighty God to have mercy upon my soul and my husband soul whenever it may occur.
I choose you, after visiting the site directory and I prayed about it before I decided to donate part of the funds through you to help the less privileged, the money is deposited here in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire and I am willing to donate the sum of $2. 5 Million (Two Million and Five Hundred thousand U.S. Dollars) for the work of God. I want this fund to be used in Christian activities like, Orphanages, Christian schools, and Churches for propagating the word of God.
I also want you to know that the fund is lying in a bank here in Cote d$B!G(BIvoire. Once I hear from you; I will write a bank on your name to enable you cash the fund I sincerely pray that when this fund gets to your position that you will use it for the purpose as I said because I came to discover that the acquisition of wealth without charity is vanity. If you are willing to help me handle this project in your area kindly send to me with the below information, as listed below for I officially write a bank on your name.
Your full name
As soon as I receive this information from you I shall instruct the bank to transfer the fund to you for the expansion of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ because he lives.
Always I pray that the grace of our Lord Jesus and the love of God and the fellowship of God be with you and your family.
May God bless you as you do your work
Please if you can not be able to handle this project kindly let me know urgently to enable me look for some one else that can handle this project immediately because I can not figure what to happen to me for the next minutes and it is not good to abandon this fund in the bank while there are many children suffering, homeless children are uncountable.
I await your urgent reply soon,
Your sister in Christ.
Sister Mary Barbara Neya