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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:
- 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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Mireille Perrot" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2019 14:59:54 +0200
Subject: My dear beloved in Christ,
My dear beloved in Christ,
I know you will be surprised to read this email and apart being surprise you may be skeptical to reply me based on you don"t know me too well , i am Mrs Mireille Perrot , with heart full of despair i write to seek your consent to conduct a humanitarian projects , because i suffer stomach cancer that prevent me from fulfilling my dreams .
my doctor recently inform me that my health condition is not improving and degrading , and my marital status is just that i have no husband and children .
my late husband Eng. Andreas Abudabi , of glorious and blessed memory was an engineer consultant here in Kazakhstan for 15 years before he died of a heart attack , we do not have children to whom i can leave our legacy . that is why i am contacting you to hand these money $7.6 Million USD over to you with a good trust and believe so that you can use is to help the poor , homeless and widows .
having known my health condition i decided to hand over this project to you to take care of the less privilege, you will utilize the money the way i am going to instruct you here . i want you to take 40% of the money for your personal and family and use and 60% of the money will go to charity work and helping people in the street because i and my late husband had planned of having a charity firm .
i grew up as an orphan and i don"t have anybody as my family member .
As soon as i receive your reply i shall link you up with the bank where my late husband deposited the fund before his death . please kindly get back to me with the following information your last name and first name , your exact Address you mobile /house / office telephone contact , and any identification card such as drivers license or international passport data page so i can forward it them to the bank as next person in charge of this fund , so that if anything happen to me , i will rest in peace and the situation will not be complicate to you
I Count on your goodwill and especially on the proper use of this fund .
please reply to me Urgent..
Mrs Mireille Perrot