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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Marie Brigitte Provost" <"marie.brigitte.provost."@aroma.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Marie Brigitte Provost" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:06:30 +0900 (JST)
Subject: HELLO MY GOOD FRIEND:
HELLO MY GOOD FRIEND:
It is true that we do not knows but please forgive my presence in your e-mail but I am afraid have no choice other than this, I am Marie Brigitte, consultant and performer residing in Florida Tampa General Hospital, I have to contact you in this way because I want to share and free me of a burden that is the heart. Indeed, there are about 6 yrs that during a health check it me is announced that I am suffering from acute leukemia at a level considered chronic, December 23 past my doctor informed me that in view of the degree of disease progression that my chances of surviving are very thin and only a miracle is possible. According Doctor Michael Paul, the clot that settled in the spinal cord caused a serious infection of the brain fiber that any surgery would be a failure in advance, being aware of this assertion, I have therefore taken the decision to stop the medical treatment given everything I've already invested as expenditure for this treatment. I suffer greatly. If you read this message it is grace & a serious; using my caregiver. I live almost elongated since 3 years in this hospital bed. Everything happened in the garden of the hospital surrounded by other patients. No next of kin. Besides I got more for months. Anyway I am aware that I leave this hospital inside a coffin. All I want with all my heart is to carry out a humanitarian work before dying. I get up every day begging the sky put me in contact with anyone that I am ready to do inheritance of my assets to the Bank. I am convinced that this money could better serve the indigenous and other persons most in need rather than remain in the heritage of the Bank after my death. I had money in the Bank for a project to build a factory of clothes for children from 0 to 12 years. It is estimated at ? 820.000 Euros. I wrote to the attorney to let him know my intention to dispossess me of all the money that I have in their bank to take advantage of a person that I would recommend them at the appropriate time. I believe you're the ideal person. I ask you to accept this money as work of generosity. I would like to especially see you answered me and give me hope that you exist.