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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "amsterdam holland" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: ATTORNEY SMITH <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 08:22:54 +0100
Subject: I HAVE A BUSINESS PROPOSAL FOR YOU
Greetings from Mrs. Melissa,
I am very happy to know you, but God knows you better and He knows why He
has directed me to you at this point in time, I got your contact mobile
number at ministries of commerce and foreign trade departments. I am
writing this mail to you with heavy sorrow in my heart, my Name is Mrs.
Melissa Muammar Gaddafi. I am married to Mr. Muttasin Muammar Gaddafi who
worked with Libyan embassy in here London for Ten years, My husband died
after a brief illness that lasted for Five days. He died in the year 2005,
we were married for Twenty Four years without another child after we lost
our only Son to malaria. After the dead of my husband I decided not
re-marry, since I lost my Son and my Husband I lost everything.
My Husband and I deposited the sum of US $ 8.5m (Eight Million Five Hundred
Thousand Dollars) in a Bank in Basing hall Avenue,Amsterdam Holland
presently this money is still in Bank. He made this money available
for exportation of gold from London mining. Recently, my doctor told me
that I have less than six weeks to live due to my cancer problem. However,
I decided to serve God with what every I have by donating all my fund to
the help of the poor through you.
Due to my conditions, I decided to hand over this money to you, to take
care of the poor and less-privileged people in your country, I know
you will utilize this
money the way I am going to instruct herein. You will take 30 percent of
the total money for your personal need, while 70% of the money will be for
the charity foundation in the name my Husband and I. I'm give out this
money because I don't have another child who will inherit it, and moreover,
is not proper to leave the money for my husband relatives because they are
rich or the Bank. I grew up as an orphan and I don't have anybody as a
family member, am doing this for God to forgive my sins and accept my soul
when I pass from this life to another.
This transaction is 100% FREE RISK and LEGITIMATE. I'm asking for your help
because I can not help myself on the sick bed in this hospital here in
London. I will be having last surgery soon which I believe not to survive,
I would want you to start the transfer process with my Advocate who will
help you scour every document the bank may ask you.
For the transfer process you have to contact my lawyer now with this
contact details below.
Name:- Barrister Juma Adams.
Email Address:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly start from now to keep this transaction only to yourself to avoid
mistake in transferring the whole fund to another person, if there is
anything you don't understand do not hesitate to ask Barrister Adams Juma.
Hoping to receive your reply.
Regards with Love,