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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:
- "million dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Hind Kabba" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Hind Kabba" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2015 22:36:24 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Donation From Mrs Hind Kabba
Donation From Mrs Hind Kabba
Dearest in christ,
in the name of our lord, i am Mrs Hind Kabba. i am married to Mr. Kabba
Harry who worked with kuwait embassy in ivory coast for many years
before he died in the year 2014. our matrimonial status is that we were
are married for many years without a child. when my late husband was
alive he deposited the sum of ($3.000.000.00) Three million dollars in a
bank here in ivory coast. presently this fund is still in the bank.
recently my doctor told me that i would not last for the next eight
months due to my cancer problem.
the one that disturbs me most is
my stroke sickness. having known my condition i decided to donate this
fund to you so that you will utilize this fund the way i am going to
instruct herein, use this fund for orphanages, school and church,
widows, propagating the word of god .i took this decision because i
don't have any child that will inhenrite this money. "2
corinthians 5:8" we are confident, i say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the lord.
don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my
health .with god all things are possible.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. as soon as i receive your reply with your full data,
your full name..... ,
will use the above data requested to obtain an authorization letter
that will legally and officially approve you as the new beneficiary of
this fund from the federal ministry of justice ivory coast.
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 christian. i tell you the
truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger
greater." mat 20:27-28" ."whoever wants to be great must be your
servant, and ... whoever serves me must follow me; and where i am, my
servant also will be... to those who serve him: his free gift is eternal
life through jesus christ our lord. hoping to receive your reply with
the above information.
remain blessed in the lord
take care, yours sister in lord
Mrs Hind Kabba