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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:
- "hundred thousand us dollars" (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)
- "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)
- "utmost confidentiality" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "MRS HELEN MORRIS" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 6 Oct 2019 14:50:36 -0700
Subject: RE_GET BACK TO ME IMMEDIATELY TODAY""
My name is Mrs Helen Morris, I am a terribly sick woman who have
decided to donate what I have Inherited from my late Husband to you
for the work of God. I am 62 years old and I was diagnosed for cancer
for about 2 years ago, immediately after the death of my husband, who
has left me everything he worked for. Although the Doctors said my
chances of living is very remote, I am not scare because I have
resolved that if I die, I die to continue my service to God with the
angels and if I live, I live for God to be glorified. I have been
touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my late
husband to you for the good work of God, Rather than allow my
relatives to use my husband hard earned funds ungodly.
Please pray, that the good Lord forgive me my sins. I have asked God
to forgive me and I believe he has because He is a merciful God. I
will be going in for an operation within the next few days.I decided
to WILL/donate the sum of US$7,400,000.00 (Seven Million, Four Hundred
Thousand US dollars) to you for the good work of the Lord, and also to
help the motherless and less privilege and also for the assistance of the
widows, poor children and the less privileged. At the moment I cannot
take any telephone calls right now due to the fact that my late
husband's relatives are nosing around me to know what is left of our
wealth so they can steal it and my health status. I am adjusting my
WILL and my family legal consultant is aware I am changing my WILL and he will arrange the
transfer of the funds to you. I wish you all the best and may the good
Lord bless you abundantly, please use the funds to extend the good
work to others.
I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the
task is accomplished as I don't want anything that will jeopardize my
last wish. And Also I will be contacting with you by email as I don't
want these greedy relation of my late husband or anybody for that
matter to know because they are always around me.Kindly get back to me
at my discreet
Email ID: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible for additional
Mrs Helen Morris