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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Nasani Louga <email@example.com>
Reply-To: Nasani Louga <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:34:34 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: From Mrs,Nasani Louga
>From Nasani Louga
I am the lady, Nasani Louga from Israel to a widow late Mr. Steven Louga I am 68 years old, I am a Christian, suffering from long-term breast, all indication my conditions cancer is really deteriorating and is pretty obvious that I would not live more than three months, my doctors rding accommodation, and in all aspects of medical tests indication, this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad scenario that there is hope for me to be a living person again,
My late husband was killed during the raid against terrorism in France Ivory Coast, and during the period of our marriage we could not produce any child, my husband was very wealthy and after his death, inherited all his business and wealth. doctors have advised me that I can not live
four months, so now decided to divide part of this wealth, to contribute to the development of the church in America, Africa, As Europe d ia a solution to the problem created especially for the underprivileged and orphanage homes.
I selected after visiting the website I prayed about it; I am willing to donate the sum of $ 2.5 million, to the underprivileged. Please, I want you to consider the background is lying on a bench in Ivory Coast and in my statement submitted in an application for the transfer of money on your behalf.
Finally, I sincerely pray that this money when transferred will be used for this purpose although I am late then, because I've come to discover that wealth acquisition without Christ is vanity and made me promise to God that the fund will be used to build his temple. The grace of our Lord Jesus, the love of God and the fellowship of God be with you and your family hope urgent response.
God bless you.
Ms. Nasani Louga