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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:
- "remain blessed" (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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: sophia christ <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:41:20 +0000
With your permission I want to present to you my sincere initiatives and proposals.
In the spirit of faith, solidarity, humanity and common sense appeal to your wisdom and kindness as a human of this planet with the request friendship sustains me if you consider setting up a foundation for humanitarian work with 6.650 million American United States dollars inherited from my late husband who was an industrialist.
I decided to donate these funds because I have no child and my days are numbered according to my physician who always examines my health because I was diagnosed by serious lung and throat cancer and will be going for my third surgical operation next week, I want you to use these funds nationally and internationally to people without hope, against which we must not be careless.
I am Mrs sophia christ Aged 59, from Texas USA. I lived in Africa and childless, always cheerful with a desire to do good and give those who need help. The principles which I rely in life are faith, humanity, solidarity, respect and trust.
Please always put me in your daily prayers so that God will grant more days to my leaving and confirm these funds into your hand.
Hoping to hearing from you soonest with your information that I will submit to the bank for the transfer of this money to your account and your delays in replying to this message will create an avenue of searching for another person that will understand the nature of my situation in other to handle this donation funds gloriously to the Kingdom of God.
I am urgently expecting your kind acceptance reply through my private email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Remain blessed with your family.