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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: MRS MARGARETE BEHI <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: MRS MARGARETE BEHI <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:19:51 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Hello Beloved I Need Your Help
Hello my dear beloved.
My name is Mrs. Margaret Behti from the Democracy of France born in the state of Lyon in France. I am legally married to Mr. Anthony Behti a South Africa citizen born and brought up in France. I lived in France with my husband for 30 years with a child his name is Michel Behti who is now 15 years of age due to old age in 1980 my husband retired from his work we then move down to South Africa in 2002. I am 57 years of age suffering from a long term sickness of heart disease. If not that I am a god fearing person I would have die a long time but by the grace of god I am still alive.
All indication from my doctor that my condition is really deteriorating and getting worse; and it is quite obvious that I wouldnât live more than a year, according to my doctor and in all indication regards to medical analysis. This is because the heart disease has gotten to a very bad stage that no hope for me to be a living person again. My dear husband was involved in a plane crash, May 2007 in Kenya. As you can see on BBC news websitehttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6627485.stm
My late husband was very wealthy and after his death I inherited some part of his business and money in the bank. As of now the doctor has advised me that I may not live for more than a year my doctor warned me to stop thinking on who is going to inherit my son. Based on that today I have decided to donate my wealth to the less privileges charity homes, orphan homes and to those displaced by wars going on around the world. I made this decision after watching a video on a Christian news channel on how a 100 years old woman donated her fortune and wealth upon her death,https://youtu.be/csGHWV_ E2qw
I choose you after viewing your profile and I have confidence in you because I have prayed. I am willing to donate the sum of $30.5million U.S dollars, which my husband left for me to the less privileged of which you will be responsible in taking care of the disbursement and sharing of this money to organizations that I will appoint. Meanwhile, you will also get 30% of the money which will be; nine million hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($9, 150,000) as your compensation for helping me fulfill this desire of my donation.Please I want you to know that this fund is still in the bank where my late husband deposited it.Â
I am going to advice my lawyer to change my last will to your name and file in an application for the transfer of the money in your name. Lastly, I honestly pray that this money when transferred to your account will be used for the desired purpose even though I am late or alive, because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition is not always the final thing in life or death. please bear it in mind that all the money will rightfully belong to your name as quickly as I get your reply, and I made the promise to God that the fund will be used to help the needy and the less privilege may the grace of our lord the love of God and the fellowship of God be with you and your family,
Lastly I just wish that you could also find a better home for my son Michel who is only 15 years of age please for further discussion contact me with my email address: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I await urgent reply.Remain blessedMrs. Margaret R. Behti