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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)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Magdalena Debek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Magdalena Debek <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2016 02:19:59 +0900 (JST)
Subject: GREETINGS TO YOU,
Dear beloved in God,
I greet you in the Name of almighty the most merciful God, I am Mrs. Magdalena Debek married to Mr.Debek Jerzy who worked with Kuwait embassy in Cote D'Ivoire for many years before he died, and We were married without a child.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of (USD$3.000.000.00) three million dollars in a Bank and this money is still in bank.and i have all the document with me. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Three months due to cancer problem. the one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness, Having known my condition I decided to donate this money to the church or a trustworthy individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.
I want you to use this fund for orphanages, propagating the word of almighty God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this fund and my late husband relatives are evil minded and I don't want my husband's efforts to be used by evil plotters,they conspired for his death other to have all my late husband properties.I grew up as an Orphan and I don't have anybody as my family member.
I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health, hence the presence of my husband's relatives they around me waiting for my death, and I do not want them to know about this development. If you have the interest of helping the less privileged living around your locality with your true heart and wish to extend your Godly help to these people in the society and be blessed, Please do respond to this email at your convenience time with your details;
Your full name.......................
As soon as I receive your reply with the information i request I shall give you the contact of the Bank.
Any delay to the reply of this letter will give me another chance of looking for another person concerning this letter.
Greetings from nurse Sonia written from Hospital on behalf of Mrs Magdalena Debek. God bless you.