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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:
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Menusha Barnett" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 3 May 2017 21:07:22 -0000
Subject: Divine Assignment
I am Mrs Menusha Barnett,from Ivory Coast and an aging widow suffering from long time illness (Breast Cancer) . I have some funds I inherited from my late husband, 8.7 M USD, the sum is deposited in one of the bank here by my late husband before he died.I needed a very honest and God fearing Person that will use this money for God's work of charity,care for less previlledged,disaster affected,build ophanage home,church and mosque.
I found your contact from the internet and decided to contact you. Please if you will be able to use the funds for the Lord's work without attaching personal interest, kindly reply back immediately for further details,so that i can give you complete and detailed information regarding my inheritance,myself and documents of the fund
Please in case you find this message in your bulk folder,move it to your inbox and reply me because it is as a result of bad connection here in hospital,thank you.
Mrs Menusha Barnett.