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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:
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: mrslinda hadi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: mrslinda hadi <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2015 06:21:27 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Mrs.Linda Hadi
>From Mrs.Linda Hadi
My dear in the Lord
I am Linda Hadi A widow to late Mr Michael Hadi I am 58 years old, my late Â Husband was a Director with the Construction Company here in Ivory Coast before his Sudden Death in this Country's political Crisis 2010.but before his death, he Deposited the Sum of â¬1, Million Euro, in one of the Bank here in Ivory Coast, the fund is still in the bank now.
I have seriously sickness which is cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. My condition is really bad and it is quite obvious that I wonât live more than two months according to my doctor, Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a person who has fear of God individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a person that will use this fund for
orphanages,widows, propagating.I took this decision because I donât have any child that will inherit this money and I have seriously sickness; I donât want a situation where this money will be used in an 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 Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the Lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace.I donât need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health condition, With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank here in Abidjan.
I want you to always pray for me because the Lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth.Please always be prayerful all through your life.Reply me for more informationâs, delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another church or individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply.
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Yours in the Lord,