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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:
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Shirley Perez Fosgate <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 02:19:44 -0700
Subject: From Mrs. Shirley Perez Fosgate
Dearly Beloved In Christ..
I bring peace and love to you from God and our lord Jesus Christ.It is
by the grace of God that I received Christ,Having known the truth,I
had no choice than to do what is lawful and right in the sight of God
for eternal life and in the sight of man for witness of Gods mercy and
glory upon my life.
I am Mrs. Shirley Perez Fosgate the wife of Mr. Abraham Fosgate from
Philippines, My husband worked with the Central Bank Of Philippines
for ten years before he died in the year 2012. We were married for
twenty-seven years without a child. My Husband died after a brief
illness that lasted for
only four days. Before his death we were both born again Christians.
Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my
matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband was
alive he deposited the sum of Â£5,200,000.00 GBP (Five Million Two
Hundred Thousand Great British Pound) with Barclay,s Bank PLC,UK .
Presently, this money is still with the bank and the management just
wrote me as the next of kin to come forward to sign for the release of
this fund only know to me and my late husband or rather issue an
authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I can not come
Unfortunately, I'm in a hospital in Philippines where I have been
undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer. I have since lost my
ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few
months to live. It is my last wish to see this money distributed to
charitable organizations any where in the World. Because relatives and
friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my illness, I cannot
live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of
Please, I beg you in the name of God to help me Stand and collect the
money from the bank . I want a person that is God fearing that will
use this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows propagating the
word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained.
The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth.
I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit
this money and my husband relatives are not Christians
and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers.
I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly
manner. Hence 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 Lord.Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will
fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I don't need any telephone
communication in this regard because of my soundless voice and
presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I don't want them
to know about this development.
With God all things are possible.
As soon as I receive your response I shall give you the contact
information of my late husband attorney in Europe as he will be the
one to assist you in laying claims for this money.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Shirley Perez Fosgate