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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:
- "hundred thousand united state 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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- 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.
- email@example.com (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2018 11:36:53 +0200
Subject: Dear Elect
From: Mrs. Esther Masego
Address: PO Box 11015, 50742
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I bring peace and love to you in the name of our lord Jesus Christ. It is by the grace of God that I received Christ.
Having known the truth, I had no choice than to do what is lawful and right in the sight of God for eternal life and in the sight of man for witness of God mercy and glory upon my life.
I am Mrs. Esther Masego the wife of Late Mr. Sadasivan Masego from Malaysia.
My husband worked with the Central Bank Of Malaysia for ten years before he died in the year 2005.
We were married for twenty-seven years without a child. My Husband died after a brief illness that lasted only four days.
However am so full of joy that before his death we were both born again Christians. Praise God.
I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $9,900,000.00 (Nine Million Nine Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only) with a bank in Mexico.
Presently, this money is still with the bank and the management just wrote me as the next of kin to come forward to sign for the release of this fund only known to me and my late husband or rather issue an authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I cannot come over.
Unfortunately, Iâm in a hospital in Malaysia where I have been undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer. I have lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only few months to live.
It is my last wish to see this money distributed to any charitable organizations anywhere in the World. Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my illness and I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them.
If you accept this offer, will you utilize this money the way i am going to instruct herein ?.
I want you to take 35% of the total money for your personal use.
5% shall stand to settle any other expenses that may be incurred in the course of executing the transaction, while the remaining 60% of the money will go to charity, people in the street without home, helping the orphanage and less-privileged but above al of this, the Church for the propagation of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Please i donât need any telephone communication in this regard because of my soundless voice and presence of my husbandâs relatives around me always.
So please kindly send me only E-mail here (firstname.lastname@example.org) because I donât want them to know about this development.
With God all things are possible.
As soon as I receive your response I shall give you the contact of my late husband Attorney who is in Europe as he will be the one to assist you in laying claims to this money. Your reply will be appreciated.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Esther Masego .