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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Amirah Armin Schneider" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:55:11 +0100
Subject: I need your collaboration on a project
Dear God's elect,
I will like you to please take time and go through this mail, it is the situation of things surrounding me that made me to cry out to ask you for an assistance in securing my late husband's fund.
How are you doing? Hope you are fine by the grace of God, I am writing this mail to you with serious tears in my eyes and great sorrow in my heart, I decided to contact you due to the urgency of my situation. My Name is Mrs. Amirah Akaleem Armin Schneider, Am contacting you from my country German. I want to tell you this because I don't have any other option than to tell you as I was touched to open up to you. I got married to a great man which forward to a bright future, next to my husband and my family, whom I love and trust. But one small decision shook my world again.
I am married to Late Dr. Akaleem Armin Schneider from North Rhine-Westphalia German, who work with German embassy in Ouagadougou the capital city of Burkina Faso as top senior officer, after he serve in Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company Limited (GNPOC) for nine years before he died in the year 2010. Before his death I became sick and very unwell to continue staying in Burkina Faso. Because I'm undergoing medical treatment as a result of Tsunami in my home country German.
I and my husband were married for 32 years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only five days. when my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $7.2 USD Million (Seven million two hundred thousand dollars) with a bank in Ouagadougou. The assets of the money would consist of Mineral,Gem & Gold. Presently this money still in the bank there. He made this money available for exportation of Mineral,Gem & Gold from Burkina mining.
However, God has laid in my heart to enable me to contribute to his work for his glory. Recently, my doctor informed to me that I am condemned to certain death as a result of this Tsunami ill and it will be very difficult for me to survive this sickness only Gods intervention can help me out.
Having known my condition I decided to hand this money under your management in order that you will that you will take care of people in need, instead of leaving the money there in the bank to waste. I will be very happy to let people who are suffering in various societies out there have it as their divine right through you. For initially I have already made up my mind to entrust this project to a total stranger who will do with the fear of God to help poor societies. So I will like your steps to move on accordance of my instruction.
I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an unholy manner. I want you to take 40% of the total money for your involvement and 60% to help orphans and the less-privileged to ensure that the will of God is done. The real secret behind helping orphans and creating work for them relies on accessing the money into your bank account. once you receive this money, you should give people in need a good start toward success, it has to start with creating Jobs for them, creating the Jobs has to start with 60% of the total fund.
You will be required only to contact my late husband's bank with the letter which I will draft for you and after due process with the bank officials the fund will be transferred to any bank account that you will provide for the Bank.
As soon as I receive your urgent response I shall give you the contact of the bank in Burkina Faso to proves you the present beneficiary of the fund.
I'm waiting for your urgent mail.