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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:
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2016 00:43:12 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Donation from Mrs. Elizabeth Phillip
from Mrs. Elizabeth Phillip
[38 rue des martyrs cocody
one in Christ,
I am married to Mr. Richead Phillip, who worked with Kuwait embassy in
Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in 2004. We were married for eleven
years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four
his death, both born again Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry
or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my
husband was alive he deposited the sum of ($ 2.5 million) in the bank here in Abidjan
the fund is still in the bank. Recently, my doctor told me that I have serious
sickness which is cancer problem. What disturbs me most is my stroke sickness.
Knowing my condition I decided to donate this fund to church or those who
utilize this money the way I would recommend here. I want a church that will
use this fund for orphanages, widows, to promote the word of God and the effort
that the house of God is maintained.
Bible is for us to understand that blessed is the hand that gives. I took this
decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my
husband relatives are not Christians and I do not want my husband's efforts to
be used by unbelievers. I do not want a situation where this money will be used
in an ungodly manner. That's why I'm taking this decision. I'm not afraid of
death, so I know where I'm going. I know that I'm going to be in the bosom of
man. Exodus 14 vs 14 says that the lord will fight my case and I hold my peace.
not need a telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence
the presence of my husband's relatives around me always and I do not want them
to know about this development. In God all things are possible. As soon as I
get an answer I will give you contact of the bank here in Abidjan. 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 worthy Christian. Whoever wants to serve the
lord must serve him in spirit and in truth. Always praying for their whole
me for more information's, in your reply will give me room in sourcing another
church or person for the same purpose. Let me assure you that they will act
accordingly as specified. Hope to get an answer.
the following information, as per below.
full name ..........
blessed in you.