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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:
- "but i feel quite safe dealing with you" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- "liberia" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Rose Johnson" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 11:38:39 +0100
Subject: [Spam] I WANT YOU TO READ THE MESSAGE AND GET BACK TO ME
I apologize if the contents in this mail are contrary to your moral ethics which I feel may be of great disturbance To your personal life, but I feel quite safe dealing with you. Though this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused I choose to reach you through it because it remains the fastest, surest and most secured medium of communication.However, this correspondence is purely private, and it should be treated as such. I am contacting you based on Trust and
confidentiality I have reposed higher confidence in your ability to handle this matter perfectly for my sake.I am serious minded person. I am the above named person from Liberia. I am married to Mr. Greg Johnson who is a farmer for twenty year before he died in the year 2010 We were married for eleven years without a child.but before He died on a brief illness that lasted for only four days he sold the farm and the lands.
Since his death I decided not to re-marry When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $9.Million (Nine Million U.S. Dollars) a financial Bank this money is still in a financial Bank.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three to five Months due to cancer problem the one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided To keep this fund in the vault I want an organization or an individual that will use this fund for orphanages, widows, Propagating if your interested reply to me with this complete information for the Paperwork
(1). Full names:
(2). contact address
(4). Cell phone:
Mrs. Rose Johnson