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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:
- "may come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Ms Karo
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2015 11:19:09 +0800
Subject: Dear Beloved in Christ"
Beloved Please kindly pardon me for any inconvenience this letter may cost =
you because I know it may come to you as a surprise as we have no previous =
correspondence. I am Mrs. Karolin Wolfram, God has touched me in a glorious=
way to fulfill His blessing toward charity / mankind.I have asked God for =
forgiveness and I believed he has because he is a merciful God. I will be g=
oing for an operation on Friday which the doctor has directly said is 50/50=
chance of surviving after diagnosing me with Cancer in three (3) years ago=
. Read Romans 1:16-17
I have decided to WILL/donate my late husband entitlement fund of $12.5 Mi=
llion USD (Twelve Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) which I inherited =
from him to you for the good work of God and to serve His divine purpose an=
d favor to humanity as that has be my late husband unfinished work before h=
Recently, my Family members have advise me to share my late husband inheri=
ted fund to them for their selfish interest after receiving the news from t=
he doctor that I might not survive the operation. I refused to accept that =
from my family members as I have promise my late husband before his death t=
hat this fund would be use to serve God divine purpose and favor to humanit=
y around the world and for poor people.
I was privilege to send this letter to you with the help of a lady nurse h=
ere, who has be so kind to me, believing that a total stranger like you can=
fulfill my last wish to humanity.
All I ask from you is to make sure you use this fund for the work of God t=
o fulfill his divine purpose and favor to humanity. It is clear that I don=
=2019t know you but God known you more than I can ever do. For this purpose=
I bow my knees and pray for you, May the Lord bless you abundantly as you =
fulfill this mystery toward charity and Humanitarian service. Thus, you are=
to use 60% of the funds for this Humanitarian Mission while 10% goes to my=
family Lawyer in United Kingdom and 30% goes to you for your faithfulness =
toward God and mankind.
Lastly, I want you to pray for me regarding my health situation, because I=
have come to find out that to everything there is a season; and a time to =
every purpose under the heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1=20138) May the Grace of o=
ur Lord, the love of God, and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit be wi=
th you now and forever more, Amen. I we send you the information of my lawy=
er once I hear from you to advise you further on the procedures.
Mrs. Karolin Wolfram