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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:
- "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)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- "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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Susanna Wright" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2018 18:40:19 +0100
How are you doing today? please permit me to introduce myself to you before i proceed to disclose my aim of writing to you. My name is Mrs Rebecca Susanna Wright I was born in Troup, Texas. This is a town in east Texas not far from Austin Texas and I got married to Late Mr. Douglas Wright, I am living in London and now hospitalized. I'm currently suffering from Hepatocellular carcinoma and my health is deteriorating seriously. My doctor said I may not live beyond a month; I became worried because if I die now, I don't have any reliable person that will take care of my adopted daughter Becky Wright whom I adopted in the year 2005 immediately after the pass onto glory of my late husband Mr. Douglas Wright.
I am in need of a reliable person with a good heart that will bring up Becky and take care of her needs until she's grown and finished her education and God directed me to you while i was praying, i have always been praying, begging God for a God fearing man, I strongly believe that you are the person that can take Becky as his own daughter, this is the reason I sent you this letter.
Hence, I inherited the sum of Three Hundred And Fifty-five Million, eight Hundred Thousand Dollars, ($355,800,000.00USD) ) from my late Husband and if you consider my proposal worth handling, then I am ready and willing to entrust my inheritance to you before I die to enable you take care of my daughter and do my last wishes which are as follows:
INSTRUCTIONS ON WHAT YOU SHALL DO
(1) To donate Five Million, Four Hundred Thousand Dollars( $5,400,000.00 USD) to the orphanage.
(2) To donate Five Million, Four Hundred Thousand Dollars ($5,400,000.00 USD) to a good cancer foundation.
(3) I am offering you 30% of the total sum as a reward for handling these assignments and to take care of my adopted daughter.
(4) The remaining funds after all expenses are calculated shall be handed over to Becky at her 28th years birthday.
Note: There is something you must do for me as my beneficiary, i do not need any phone contacts because my late husband families are always around me. My late husband families are very wealthy that i could have entrusted the funds with my adopted daughter to them, but they lack wisdom in spending as they spend lavishly on irrelevant things whereby there are so many poor hungry and homeless people out there to help with the funds. For the past few weeks they have been monitoring my affairs with my Bank Managers as they visit me to know the situation of my health and also to discuss some other private issues. They are insisting i declare the will of my late husband known to them so that they can take it since the Doctor notified them that i have just few weeks to live, but i cannot let them have the funds because i have finalized with my bank managers to entrust the funds to your care and also take good care of my adopted daughter. I am going to include the bank information's and the top officers details so th
As soon as i get your response i shall give you the contact of the bank so that they can give you guidelines on how to get the funds transferred to your bank account for safe keeping. You can also reach me on email@example.com
Mrs Rebecca Susanna Wright.