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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:
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Joyce Ghagaheni <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Mrs Joyce Ghagaheni <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2016 23:22:40 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Donation From Mrs. Joyce Ghagahani,
Â Donation From Mrs. Joyce Ghagahani,
Dearest Beloved Friend!!!
Endeavor to use the Fund as i stated herein!
With Due Respect And Humility, I was compelled to write you under a humanitarian ground. I am Mrs Joyce Ghagahani from Kuwait. I am married to Late Mr. Kroosa Ghagahani who was until his death a The Chairman/CEO of k:E global industries and a philanthropist based in Ivory Coast. for nine good years before he died. We were married for many years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only Eight days.
And Recently, My Doctor told me that I would not last for the next One month due to my cancer problem and stroke. (cancer of the liver). When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of ($4.5 million) Four Million Five Hundred Thousand USD Dollar in a Security Firm here in Ivory Coast. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church or a God fearing person that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a Church, NGOs, Government Organizations, Individual Muslim, or a God fearing Person that will use this fund for orphanages, schools, widows, Lessprevilages, propagating the word of God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained.
I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why I am taking this decision. When this fund has transfer to your country i will join you there for proper medical treatment.
As soon as I receive your reply in acceptance of working with me in the kingdom of God, I shall give you the contact of the Security Firm here in Ivory Coast. I want you and the church to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I have Stated herein.
Expecting to receive your re-assuring reply.
I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I want you to always remember me in your daily prayers because of my up coming Cancer Surgery. Write back as soon as possible any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another person for this same purpose.
God bless you as I hope to hear from you as soon as possible.
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Your's Sister In Christ,
Mrs. Joyce Ghagahani