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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:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- ",500,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Yahoo, Philippines, Philippines; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Joy Blessing" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:56:42 +0100
Subject: My Beloved One.
My Beloved One.
Greetings in the name of our lord Jesus Christ. i am Mrs Joy Blessing from United State Of America, a widow to late Jeff Blessing. i am 56 years old,and a
conveted born again Christian,suffering from long time cancer of the Lunds and Breast, from all indication my condition is really deteriorating and it is
quite obvious that i might not live long again, according to my doctor because the cancer has gotten to a very worst / dangerous stage.
My late husband and my only child died last five years ago, his death was politically motivated. My late husband was a very rich and wealthy business man who
was running his cocoa / Timber plantation business in Africa. After his death, i inherited all his business and wealth. my doctors has advised me that i may
not live for more than some months, so i now decided to divide the part of this wealth, to contribute to the development of the church in Africa,America,
Asia, and Europe. i collected your email address during my desperate search on the internet and i prayed over it.
i decided to donate the sum of $7,500,000.00 usd( Seven million five hundred thousand united states dollars) to the less privileged because i cannot take
this money to the grave. Please i want you to note that this fund is lodged in a bank.
I am presently with my laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment of the lungs, I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have
told me that I have only a few months to live.It is my last wish to see that this money is invested and at the end of every year distributed among charity
organization.And for your compensation, as soon as the money enters your account take 55% of the total money, 5% for any expenses while 40% will be for the
work of GOD.
I took this decision because i know that there are a lot of poor people suffering from different kind of disease and nobody to come to their aid.With God all
things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank were the money is been deposit .I will also issue you a letter
of authority and certificate of claim that will prove you as the new beneficiary of this fund i honestly pray that this money when transferred to you, will
be sure for the said purpose, because i have come to find out that wealth acquisition without Christ is vanity. may the grace of our lord Jesus the love of
god and the fellowship of god be with you and your family.
Please Reply me on my private email on : firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested and i await your urgent reply
Thanks and God bless you.
Your beloved sister in Christ.
Mrs Joy Blessing
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