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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 "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 22:31:09 -0700
Subject: Hello firstname.lastname@example.org,
I am Mrs. Madelia Casper, age 69, wife of Late Mr. Abelard Manfried Casper, we are both German Citizen. My husband worked as Senior Manager with an Asian Oil Companies for Twenty Eight years before he died in the year 2009.
We were married for Thirty Five years without a child. My Husband died after a brief illness that lasted only four days. Before his death we were both born again Christians and after his death I decided not to re-marry. Before my husband died, he had a cash Investment $15 Million which he made me the Beneficiary. Presently I am in Malaysia where I am undergoing treatment for breast cancer and cancer of the blood. I have since lost my ability to move around and my Doctors have told me that I have only a few weeks to live as my condition worsen each day.
Before my husband died, it was his last wish to ensure that this money be distributed to charity across World, it is for this reason I humbly request you to help me Stand and receive this payment of $15 Million in which I have decided to give you $5 Million for your effort and any expenses you may incurred when receiving this payment, while the balance $10 Million should be distributed for Charity to take care of orphanages, widows, disaster Victims.
I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband made me the sole beneficiary of this payment because he is the only child of his parent.
The Doctor will not allow me to talk to anybody but I have a lawyer who knows my family for over 10 years and has always come to see me and also pray for me, I have entrusted him with vital information which you will require in order to receiving this payment. I will give you the lawyer name email address and telephone number immediately after you reply to this mail, i will also direct the bank to transfer the funds to you as well.
I want you to make time out of your very busy schedule and see to the success of receiving this payment within the shortest period of time because the Directors of the Bank where the fund is logged may use the fund for their selfish purpose in case anything happen to me.
Please while replying me remember to indicate
What You Do for a Living
Thank you and God bless you.
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