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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 Shahla .F.Kazima" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Nov 2015 13:58:58 +0000
I am Mrs Shahla .F.Kazima of the state of Kuwait, a widow with 58 years
old, I am married to late Dr Sazon .F.Kazima, My Late husband was a
famous Gold and oil dealer, with one of the known companies in Kuwait
and philippines,i have always prayed to God to lead me into the right
person that can see to my wishes hence i have found you,i am a woman
that believe so much in God because he have always been faithful to me
and have given me the strength to live till today,irrespective of the
fact that i am current sick.
Before my late husband died he was major oil tycoon in Kuwait and
philippines and $3.500,000 (Three Million, five Hundred Thousand
Dollars) was deposited in a finance company in LOME-TOGO WEST AFRICA
COUNTRY some years ago,thatâs all I have left now, I need you to collect
this funds and distribute it yourself to charity .so that when I die my
soul can rest in peace. The funds will be entirely in hands and
management.I hope God gives you the wisdom to touch very many lives that
is my main concern.20% of this money will be for your time and effort,
while 80% goes to charity.
God bless you.Please do respond if you will accoumplish this desire of
Mrs Shahla .F.Kazima