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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Sister Rose Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 23:14:20 -0800
For the glory of the risen king
I must apologize for barging into your privacy I am Sister Rose Johnson,
London uk Citizen, I'm married to ivorian late business tycoon Dr.
RUHLMANN, I and my late husband was into, Estate management and also a
government Estate building contractor before my husband death. He was
murdered with the Interior Minister by the rebels during this recent
political crises in my country Cote D'Ivoire. My late husband also has a
Cocoa farm which was totally burnt by the rebels after he was killed. We
were married for eleven years without a child due my fibroid problem.
over seven mouth now I have been diagnosed with oesophageal
cancer.Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next
months due to cancer problem. From all indications, my condition is
deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not live more than two
months, because the cancer stage has gotten to a very dangerous stage.
my late husband was alive he deposited the sum
of 14, Million. (USD) in the Farm here in Ivory Coast, Presently this
is still in the security company. Having known my condition I have
to donate this fund to good person that will utilize this money the way
am going to instruct herein. I want you to use at least 85% this fund to
visit the orphanage homes, poor aged widows, help woman with cancer
problems, poor sick ones at the hospital as I want this to be the last
thing I did on earth before my death, then take the remaining 15% to
good care of your good home because every worker deserves his wages. I
not afraid of death hence I know that I am going to be in the bosom of
Lord. My happiness is that I lived a good life. Assure me that you will
accordingly as I Stated herein. As soon as I receive your reply I shall
give you the contact of the security company and I will also issue a
of authorization to the bank that will prove you the beneficiary of this
money. I also want you to always pray for me.
REPLY TO,,,,,, email@example.com
Waiting to hear from you.
Sister Rose Johnson,
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