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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:
- "dear beloved," (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million united state dollars" (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)
- "million dollars" (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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- "30% for you " (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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: MRS MAYRA DONATA<email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 01:47:25 -0700
Subject: Re: I TRIED TO CALL YOU
I got your details after an extensive on-line search Via (Network Power
Charitable Trust) for a reliable person to champion the humanities and
charity work. I'm Mrs.Mayra Donata,From Orlando Florida on a charity mission Called All saints Charity with my late Husband.
I am 57 years old woman who was diagnosed with a strange Illness About
2 years ago which i am afraid to mentioned while carrying out the charity works here in USA. I have decided to donate to you the Balance of our charity fund USD$5.000.000.00 (Five Million United State Dollars) for the purpose of continuation of the charitable goals in any location of your choice since i can not continue with these charity work any longer as a result of my Illness.
Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money, which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan ; they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them.
The last of my money, which no one knows of, is the huge cash deposited with a financial Company, Five Million dollars US$5,000,000.Please all i want you to do is to help me collect this Money and dispatch it to charity organizations.
Please use this money for the Mosque ,churches and less privileged. I have set aside 30% for you and for your time.
If you are interested in carrying out this Noble task of Humanity and
communities service, Please furnish me with your details Information
so that the cash will be handed over to you in your country asap:
Your Full Name :
Phone Number :
Marital statues :
I wait to hear from you soon.
Thank you for your attention.