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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:
- "may come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Sister Clara Helen <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:19:46 +0100
Subject: Re:Greetings In Jesus Name!!!
Claim of donation funds!!!
Greetings from Best Regional Hospitals, I knew this message may come
to you as a surprise.my name is Sister Clara Helen from United States,
I'm a widow suffering from Breast Cancer and Stroke, which denied me a
child as a result i may not last till the next two months according to
my doctor report. I'm married to late Pastor Bailey James, who was
killed during the U.S raid, against terrorism in Afghanistan when he
traveled to Afghanistan and we were married for many years without any
issue child before his death. I'm 68 years old woman. I have some
funds i inherited from my late husband the sum of (US$5,800,000,00)
which i needed a very honest and God fearing person who will claim the
funds from the bank and use the funds for work of God Affair donation
in the house of God, like propagating the good news of God and to
endeavor God worshiping place and help less-privileged. I found your
profile as i was reading Rhapsody of Realities healing prayer book. i
felt you must be Honest to Almighty God. on the process the spirit of
God ask me to contact you for the donation work of God Affair.
According to my doctor report i don't need any telephone communication
in this regards because of my health, I am not afraid of death I know
one day I will be in bosom of the Lord. Like Exodus 14 vs. 14 says the
Lord shall fight my case and He shall hold my peace, my family are
unbelievers and I do not want to hand over the donation to unbelievers
so please if you would be able to use the funds for the work of God
Affair as i stated contact me back so i will lead you to Ally Bank
Limited International in Washington DC where this funds was deposited
by my late husband Pastor Bailey James Benson for you to retrieve the
funds in your name as the next of kin for work of God Affair thanks.
Kindly contact me so I can lead you to the bank where my late husband
deposited the fund. please never you contact me if not Honest and have
God fearing to use this donation for work of God,
I will stop here until i hear from you soon nest. Please send your
reply to this email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) for security
Always pray for my health.
May God bless you In Jesus name Amen!!!
Sister Clara Helen.