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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: MRS ALSAUDIA <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:10:03 +0100
MY NAME IS MRS.JUMA, I AM A MUSLIM BY RELIGION,
PLEASE PARDON THE WAY I HAVE CONTACT YOU UNKNOWN/OR EMAIL,
BUT AM SO SICK ,OLD AND WEARY AND CAN NOT GO OUT TO THE
STREET TO FIND SOMEBODY. BUT I BELIEVE THAT THROUGH YOU
OTHERS PEOPLE WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS FUND.
I INHERITED MY LATE HUSBAND WEALTH $353,000 (THREE HUNDRED
AND FIFTY THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS),
I AM SUFFERING FROM OVERSPREAD CANCER PROBLEM, I AM AFRAID
TO DIE LEAVING MY LATE HUSBAND WEALTH UNCLAIMED WITH CHINA
BANK, BECAUSE DOCTORS SAID I HAVE A FEW DAYS LEFT TO LIVE
IN THIS WORLD, DIAGNOSIS OF OVERSPREAD BODY CANCER IN
2008 AND I HAVE SINCE SPEND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR ALL
KINDS OF TREATMENTS FOR NINE YEARS.
I LOST MY 28YEARS OLD SON AND MY HUSBAND IN A CAR ACCIDENT
WHEN THEY BOTH VISIT MY HUSBAND HOME TOWN IN UAE,
FROM CHINA IN DECEMBER 2008,WHILE I WAS AT THE HOSPITAL
IN CHINA FOR RADIATION AND CHEMOTHERAPY SURGERY
AS RESULT OF OVERSPREAD CANCER TUMOR IN MY BODY.
I WANT YOU TO HELP ME WITHDRAW THIS TREASURE AS MY BENEFICIARY,
I WILL GIVE YOU MORE DETAILS IMMEDIATELY AS SOON AS I HEAR FROM YOU.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU.