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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: Mrs Muna Hariri <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Mrs Muna Hariri <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2015 22:48:47 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Mrs Muna Hariri.
>From Mrs Muna Hariri. I married to Late Mr.Ali, We are from France, but living in Republic Benin, my husband worked with our France Embassy here in Benin Republic for many years before he died in the year 2012. We were married for years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted two weeks. Before his death .
Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of ($1.500,000 000
00) in a Bank here , I have serious sickness which is cancer problem i am in this hospital for more than 8 months now having known my condition I decided to the fund donate these funds to you or any one that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.
Hoping to receive your Urgent and Positive response to enable me give you more details
Your Sister Mrs Muna Hariri