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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:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "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)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Janet Rashid <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Mrs Janet Rashid <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:19:58 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your sister in Christ the Mrs Janet Rashid
Dearest in the Lord,
I greet Calvary to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am Mrs Janet Rashid from Kuwait. I was married to Mr.Rashid Khater who worked with the Kuwait Embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before dying last year. We've been married for eleven years without a baby. My husband died after a short illness lasting only four days. Before his death we were both Christians born again.
My dear, I know you are surprised to receive this letter, but as the son of the living God, you must know that our ways are not his ways. My Bible tells me that it works in many ways and everything works for the good of those who have believed in Jesus Christ. In fact, it is also the leader of the holy spirit of God that I chose you in obedience and love to satisfy my husband's desire for the glory of God. I want you to understand that this benevolence is in fulfillment of desire and My husband's decision that I am persuaded to actualize.
Since the death of my beloved husband, I decided not to remarry and have a son out of my spouse's home, which the Bible is against. When my husband was alive he deposited the sum of three million five hundred thousand dollars ($ 3,500,000.00USD) in a bank here in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Currently, this money is still in the bank.
Recently, my doctor told me it would not last for nine months because of my cancer problem. What disturbs me most is my stroke. After knowing my condition I decided to donate this fund to a charity organization, church, Christian organization, or a true believer, who will use this money the way I'm going to educate here.
I want this fund to be used by orphanages, schools, churches, widows and less privileged people in spreading the word of God and making sure that the house of God is kept. The Bible has made us understand that "Benedict is the hand he gives us". I made this decision because I have no son who will inherit this money and my husband, the relatives are believers and I do not want my husband's efforts to be used by non-believers.
I do not want a situation where these money will be used improperly. That is why I'm making this decision. I'm not afraid of death, so I know where I'm going. I know I'm going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that "the Lord will fight my case and keep my peace". I do not need a telephone communication in this regard because of my health condition and the presence of my husband's relatives is always around me trying to claim this money from me that my husband remains. I do not want them to know about this development. With God everything is possible.
I want you to handle it alone since my health can not afford me, as I have been scheduled for regular dialysis. I am also writing this letter with the assistance of a sister she uses to help me. I want you to send me your full name and address so that I can swear a sworn statement under oath has officially and legally been approved as the closest relative of this fund so that even though I have been dead of the request for the fund in the bank will not be in doubt. I will send you the sworn statement of the oath and certificate of deposit of this fund right after the sworn statement is ready.
Once you receive your response with the information below, I will contact you
bank in Abidjan Ivory Coast, where this money was deposited from my beloved husband. I would also like to make a sworn statement of the oath that legally and officially approve the next relative relatives and the fund back together with the certificate of deposit of this fund that my deceased husband used to pay money to the bank. I want you to always pray for me because the Lord is my shepherd.
My happiness is that I have lived a life worthy of a Christian. Anyone who wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth.
I want you to send the following items to me for the procession of the affidavit:
(1) Your name and surname ....
(2) Your Address ....
(3) Your nationality ....
(4) Your age / sex ......
(5) Your craft .......
(6) Your Civil Status .....
(7) Your direct phone number .....
I need this information is very urgent. Any delay in the answer will give me room to cater for another person for the same purpose.
I hope to receive your urgent response.
They remain blessed in the Lord.
Your sister in Christ the Mrs Janet Rashid