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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 "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Joubert Georgette Rollande" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:33:37 +0300
I am Mrs.Joubert Georgette Rollande the wife of late Mr. Vidal
Joubert. I am a Canadian American Citizen my husband worked with the
Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) for twenty years and worked in
London Derby United Kingdom as a contractor before he died in the year
We were married for 31 years without a child. My Husband died after an
illness that lasted for only two weeks. When my late husband was
alive we deposited the sum of $900 000.Nine Hundred Thousand Biritish
Pound sterling in a bank in London Derby United Kingdom. The bank
just wrote me as the beneficiary to come forward for the fund or
rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my
behalf if I can not come over.Presently, I'm in the hospital where I
have been undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer. My doctor have
told me that I have only a few months to live. It is my last wish to
see this money distributed to charity organizations,
Because my husband relatives and friends have plundered so much of my
wealth since my illness, I cannot live with the agony of entrusting
this huge responsibility to any of them.Please, I'm seeking for any
honest person who will get the Funds from the Bank. And use this
money to fund the poor, orphanages, widows and charity organizations.
I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit
this money and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be
misused by his greedy relatives.I don't want a situation where this
money will be used in an ungodly manner. I will wait to hear from you
Mrs.Joubert Georgette Rollande