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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:
- "because it still remains the fastest medium of communication" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "might come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "my names are " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Rebecca Lemonde <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Mrs Rebecca Lemonde <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 20:32:10 +0900 (JST)
Subject: In good faith!
Greetings to you and your family in the name of God.
This mail might come to you as a surprise and the temptation to ignore it as unserious could come into your mind but please consider it a divine wish and accept it with a deep sense of humility. I choose to reach you through here because it still remains the fastest medium of communication.
It is by the grace of God that I received Christ, having known the truth, I had no choice than to do what is lawful and just in the sight of God for eternal life and in the sight of man for witness of God & is Mercies and glory upon my life.
My names are Mrs Rebecca Lemonde who got married to a a citizen of Kuwait who worked with the Chevron/Texaco in Ivorycoast for three years before he died in the year 2014.We were married for three years without a child. Presently, I have been admitted to one of the general hospitals in Ivorycoast where I have been undergoing treatment for Ovarian Cancer. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to cancer problem,Having known my condition I decided to donate I and my late husband's asset to a church,organization or good person that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. A church,organization or good person that will use this fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained.
Any delay in your reply will give me room in searching for another church or individual for this same purpose.