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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.
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: " Mrs. Alicia Morales Arroyo " < email@example.com t>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:57:00 +0100
Subject: Can You Help Me
I am Mrs. Alicia Rita Morales Arroyo, widow to late Ignacio Tuason Arroyo, Jr, former owner of Petroleum & Gas Company and a congressman in Philippines. I am suffering from long time Cancer of the breast. From all indications my condition is really deteriorating and itâs quite obvious that I won't live more than 3 Months according to my family doctors. This is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. I donât want your pity but I need your trust. My late husband died in 2012 from Heart attack, and during the period of our marriage we couldn't produce any child.My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited some his businesses and wealth as the second wife without a child. The doctor has advised me that I will not live for more than 3 Months, so I have now decided to spread all my wealth, to contribute mainly to the development of charity in your country. Am sorry if you are embarrassed by my mail. I found your e-mail address in the web directory, and I have decided to contact you, but if for any reason you find this mail offensive, you can ignore it and please accept my apology.
Before my late husband died he was major oil tycoon in Philippines and he deposited some amount of money with a finance company, that money is all I have now, I need you to collect this funds and distribute it yourself to charity, so that when I die my soul can rest in peace. The funds will be entirely being in your hands for management.I hope God gives you the wisdom to touch many lives that is my main concern and my dying wishes which I want you to respect. 25% of this money will before your time and effort, while 75% goes to charity foundation. Please read more about me and my late husband through this link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iggy_Arroyo) and get back to me with your full details so that i can now direct you to my family attorney for a way forward.
Thankful for your kind cooperation and favorable action.
God bless you!
Mrs. Alicia Morales Arroyo