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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:
- "million united states 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)
- "i got your email address from " (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Yahoo, Japan; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2018 22:39:06 +0100
Subject: Your urgent attention is needed
Your urgent attention is needed
With Due Respect And Humanity, Let me first of all inform you, I got your email address from a mail Directory and decided to mail you for a permission to go ahead. I also guarantee you that this transaction is hitch free from all what you may think of.
I am Mrs. Yvonne Millian collins from Switzerland. I am married to Mr. Tom Collins who worked with a construction company in Asia for twenty Years before he died in the tsunami disasters, we were married but without Any children. Since his death I decided not to re-marry. When my late husband was Alive he deposited the sum of $5,000.000.00U.USD (FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) In a bank in Abidjan Cote D' Ivoire.
Presently this money is still with the bank and the management just wrote me as the beneficiary to come forward to receive the money or rather Issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf If I cannot come over.
I am presently in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment Cancer of the lungs in a hospital I have since lost my ability To talk and my doctor have told me that I have only a few months to Live. Please I want you to note that this money is lying in the Bank in Abidjan Cote D' Ivoire.
I want a person that is trustworthy that will utilize 70% of this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows around the world but in my name Mrs.Yvvonney Millian collins in which 30% will be yours. After then, share the balance to the less privilege and the homeless people in your society. soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the new beneficiary of this fund.
Based on this reasons,I believe I can trust you like i have said before, Show me your goodwill to give me this assistance so that I can give you every information concerning the money and the bank where it was deposited for more clarification, your assistance will be greatly rewarded as soon as we get the money transferred to your bank account on my behalf.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein and Keep this contact confidential till such a time this funds get to your Custody for security reason, this is to ensure that nothing jeopardizes my last wish on Earth. Please contact me with this my parsonal email contact (email@example.com)
Waiting for your reply
Mrs. Yvvonney Millian collins