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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:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Schenider Amira" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2018 02:58:03 -0500
Subject: THIS WORLD IS NOT OUR DESTINATIONS.
CONTACT ME THROUGH THIS MY PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS (firstname.lastname@example.org) FOR DETAILS.
It's my pleasure to have contact with you, based on the critical condition I find myself, though, it's not financial problem, but my health, you might have know that (Alzheimer) is not what to talk home about.
I am married to Late Dr. Armin Schneider from North Rhine-Westphalia German, who work with congressional committee in Libya, Northern Africa, where he was part of a covert operation to rescue people from rebels, after he serve in German embassy in Ouagadougou the capital city of Burkina Faso as top senior officer.
My husband was killed during the covert operation, before militants launched the fiery attack that killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya, and our long years of marriage was not blessed with children, when my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $7.2 USD Million (Seven million two hundred thousand dollars) with a bank.
This fund was deposited in a bank in the country, Ouagadougou the capital city of Burkina Faso where my husband serve as top senior officer to the German embassy.
Having known my condition of health in my country Germany, I decided to hand this money under your management in order that you will take care of people in need, instead of leaving the money there in the bank to waste. I will be very happy to let people who are suffering in various societies out there have it as their divine right through you. For initially I have already made up my mind to entrust this project to a total stranger who will do with the fear of God to help poor societies. So I will like your steps to move on accordance of my instruction.
I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an unholy manner. I want you to take 30% of the total money for your involvement and 70% to help orphans and the less-privileged to ensure that the will of God is done. The real secret behind helping orphans and creating work for them relies on accessing the money into your bank account. once you receive this money, you should give people in need a good start toward success, it has to start with creating Jobs for them, creating the Jobs has to start with 70% of the total fund.
Your urgent response to my email will give you room in sourcing for the funds for onward transfer of the fund into your account.