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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.Emma DONTE" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2019 03:50:50 -0400
Subject: I am Mrs.Emma DONTE, 126.96.36.199
I am Mrs.Emma DONTE,58yr, the wife of late Engr R.DONTE ,i am a dying widow with cancer of Breast. i have a CHARITABLE OFFER WORTH NINE MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS i inherited from my late husband after his death. My late husband worked with Sea Petroleum and Gas Group of Companies Ltd,in Nigeria for years before his death in an auto Crash.
NOTE: This fund is for Donation to the Motherless home and the less Privilege and to the needy, since i do not have any child who will inherit it.,after 16years of our marriage,so i want to WILL the money to you as the next of kin and claim it out from Nigerian bank where it is presently deposited and use it as i instructed. The bank Manager has sent me a latter to provide my next of kin or the funds will be confiscated or declared as an unserviceable fund.
If you are willing to handle the project then contact me on ( ).
As soon as i hear from you i will give you the contact of my late husband's solicitor with a letter of authorization together with my reference number so that you will contact him to assist you for the claim of the fund. Please reply with the below information if you are willing to help:
1 Your full name
2 Contact address
3 Telephone numbers
4 Your age
5 Your occupation
6 Means of ID