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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Monica Gabriele <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2017 20:58:21 +0000
Subject: PLEASE LET MY SITUATION TOUCH YOUR HEART.
*Hello My DearCalvary Greetings in the name of the ALMIGHTYI am Mrs Monica
Gabriele from Switzerland I am married to Late Mr.Gabriele Joseph who is a
wealthy business man here in Burkina Faso we were married for many years
without a child before he died after a brief illnessBefore his sudden death
we where devoted christian When my late husband was alive he deposited the
sum of Six Million Two Hundred United State Dollars ($6.200.000.00) in one
of the prime bank here in Burkina Faso Presently this money is still with
the Bank,I am very sick from Kidney cancer that i may not last till the
next two months according to my doctor so now i decided to donate this
money to a honest individual who will use it to work for Almighty, orphans,
widow and maintenance of church to fulfill the vow i and my late husband
made to Almighty, and i have chosen you after praying.I want this money to
be use as i have said since i do not have any child to inherit it and our
relatives are all unbelievers and i don't want our hard earn money to be
used in ungodly way so you will take 40% of the fund for your effort and
use the remaining as i stated, as soon as i read from you i will give you
more details on how to achieve it, I need your urgent reply as i don't know
what tomorrow will result, i wish you the best in life. Please Always
remember me in your prayers.Yours Sister,Mrs Monica Gabriele.*