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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:
- "god fearing " (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 mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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 (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Esther D Parrboat <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 12:02:28 +0200
Subject: I want You In This.
Hello my dear beloved.
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AND URGENT AND THAT IS MY REASON OF WRITING TO
I am MRS. DEBORAH E. PARRBOAT from republic of Ireland, born in the
of Ohio USA. I am legally married to MR. HILARY HENDRICK PARRBOAT, a
Africa citizen born brought up in Switzerland, I lived in Switzerland
my husband for 32 years before we moved down to south Africa in 1985
my husbandâs retirement in 1984, I am 71 years old by the grace of
I am a God fearing person, and I respect humanity and nature. Actually,
is also the reason I contacted you because I know you are God fearing
person, as I noticed it from your profile before I decided to contact
I am suffering from long time (ILLNESS) CANCER OF THE BREAST. This
(CANCER) has troubled me for a long time, and all indications from my
doctor is that my condition is really deteriorating and getting worse;
it is quite obvious that I wouldnât live more than three months,
according to my doctor and in all indication regards to medical analysis
and dialysis. This is because the cancer disease has gotten to a very
stage and speedily spread that and there is no hope for me to be a
again. My dear husband was involved in the January 2000 Kenya airways
crashed as you can see on the news line web site.
40 years period of marriage life and we could not produce any child, my
late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited some part
his business and money in the bank. The doctor has advised me that I may
not live for more than (3) THREE MONTHS AND 2 WEEKS and warn me to stop
thinking over who is going to inherit me and the wealth. Based on that,
today I have decided to donate and contribute to the LESS PRIVILEGES,
CHARITY HOMES, AND ORPHANAGE HOMES and to those DISPLACED BY WARS going
in the MIDDLE-EAST and AROUND OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. I made this
decision after listening to the news line about 100 years old woman who
secretly donated her fortune and wealth upon her death, As you read it
I choose to contact you after viewing your profile information and I
the confidence in you because, I have prayed to God for me to contact
one day and I am happy that it has come to reality. I am DONATING this
of $20.5MILLION USDOLLARS, to the less privileged of which you will be
responsible in taking care of the disbursement and sharing of this money
organizations that I will appoint in your country and some other places
around the world. Meanwhile, you will also get 30% of the money which
be; SIX MILLION AND ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($6,150,000.00), as
compensation (SHEAR) for helping me to fulfill this WILL of donation.
Please I want you to note that this fund is still in the bank where my
husband and I deposited it. I am going to advice my banker to change my
last WILL to YOUR NAME and file in an application for the transfer of
money in your name and to your account. Lastly, I honestly pray that
money when transferred to your account will be used for this purpose
if I may be dead or alive, because I have come to find out that wealth
acquisition is not always the final thing in life or death if you do not
help people around.
Please bear it in mind that every document will be changed to your name
the money will rightfully belong to your name as quickly as I get your
reply. I made the promise to God that the fund will be used to help the
needy and the less privilege, reply to me as soon as you get this
through this email:( _MRSESTHER121@GMAIL.COM __)_
May Godâs grace guide and see you through as you help me in the
fulfillment of this desire. God bless you and your family. Please for
further discussion; write to me with this email address: (
You can call me immediately you receive this mail (+27-79-440-5094)
I await urgent reply.
Mrs. Deborah E. Parrboat.