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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:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Diezani K. Alison-Madueke" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:29:01 -0700
Subject: DEAR FRIEND Tm targ blindally
I greet you in the name of God Almighty.
This letter may not be surprising to you if you have been following current events in the international media with reference to my personality.
I am Mrs. Diezani K. Alison-Madueke,the immediate past Minister for Petroleum Federal Republic of Nigeria.I left office in about Nine (9) months ago when after the new democratically elected president took over the leadership of Nigeria., I have been thrown into a state of antagonism, confusion, humiliation, frustration and hopelessness by the present leadership of Nigeria.
I am sending this mail from a sick bed in India where I have recently been referred to where I am undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer. I have since lost my ability to talk and the Doctors are not giving me any hope of survival.
While in active service, I had made a lot of cash deposits for safe keep outside the knowledge of my husband and children because each and every one of then have a huge cash deposit in their individual bank account both locally and internationally. Now that it is clear that i will not survive this sickness, I have decided that I must give my wealth to the poor and needy just for assistance. Mostly if you can donate to the motherless,the widows and hurricane victims, I will highly appreciate it and possibly rest peacefully on my last moment on earth.
I have a short term deposit of US$25 Million with Finance Company in Europe, can you stand in for the claims of this money and to use it for the purpose I outlined? Kindly reply accordingly.
You can read more about my present health condition through this website: http://saharareporters.com/2015/11/14/photos-cancer-stricken-diezani-alison-madueke-released .
Kindly reply me urgent
Mrs.Diezani K. Alison-Madueke.