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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:
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Zaiton Sidek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:10:38 +0100
Subject: Beloved Trusted Friend ,
Beloved Trusted Friend ,
I am Zaiton Sidek I am married to Anuar Abdullah Sidek who worked with
Malaysian Embassy in United Kingdom for eleven years before he died in the
We were married for nine years without a child.He died after a brief
illness that lasted for only four days.Before his death we were both kind
and generous to mankind. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a
child outside my matrimonial home. When my late husband was alive he
deposited the sum of $5 Million (Five Million U.S.Dollars) with a Finance
Even though i was sick but to my greatest surprise last week when i went
for medical diagnosis and checkup perhaps my Doctor told me that I may not
last for the next three months due to cancer problem.
Having known my condition after much prayers I decided to donate this funds
to a good organization or a compassionate individual irrespective of the
religion or denomination that will utilize this money for the helping the
mankind in the way I am going to instruct here in. I want you to use this
to funds for motherless, orphanages,less privileged widows and the
handicapped people in way of propagating the desire of my late husband
inspiration to ensure that mankind is helped and cared. I know too well
that it is a great task that is why i set 30% of the total money for you
for personal use.The Holy book made us to understand that Blessed is the
hand that giveth than the one recieveth,even natural law made it clear too.
I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this
money and my husband relatives cannot abide to this instructions more so
they will inherit the landed properties and other valuables, I do not want
my husbands hard earned money to be miss used in a way he did not wish it
I do not want in a situation where this money will be used in lavish way
instead of using it in inspirations of helping mankind,hence is the reason
for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where
I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Allah says
that the Allah will fight my case and I shall hold my peace.
Please you make haste to visit me in United Kingdom or MALAYSIA and I will
also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as the original-
beneficiary of this fund and what you needed is to open an online bank
account and the fund will be credit to you. I need your prayers always
because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a
worthy Life. Whoever that wants to serve the Allah most serve him in spirit
and truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life.
Please you will be expected to visit me in Malaysia by this coming week for
us to start the transfer of the fund to your account after due knowing each
other and good understanding.
Reply me and Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
Mrs Zaiton Sidek,