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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Yulia Vladimirovich" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:56:01 +0100
Subject: MRS. YULIA VLADIMIROVICH...AS MY HEIR AND BENEFICIARY
Mrs. Yulia Vladimirovich...Peace Be Upon You!
I am Mrs. Yulia Vladimirovich a citizen of the Russian Federation but currently residing in the United Kingdom. I was married to Late Vladimir Simonovich Vladimirovich of blessed memory who was an oil explorer in Iran, Algeria and Saudi Arabia for fiften years before he was killed by our Russian Mafian gangs in 2011 Dagestan region of Chenchenya.
As of this moment i am lying in the hospial bed in London slowly dying of cancer and being without child for my late husband i became the benefactor of my husband estates worth £1,450,000.00GBP (Great British Pounds) with cash deposit and financial bonds in the bank total at £505,420.00GBP (Great British Pounds).
I am writing you this email because of my condition and i am looking for a God fearing and devoted individual that will stands as my heir and beneficiary to my husband estates and deposited cash and bonds for the sole purpose of charity and community service and sharing.
Thanks and i wait for your kind respond and interest as my heir and sole beneficiary to my husband estate and cash and bonds.
Mrs. Yulia Vladimirovich