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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. Daniella Kyle" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2019 22:54:31 -0800
Subject: Dearly Beloved In Christ
Sorry to invade your privacy, I am Mrs. Daniella Kyle the wife of Mr
Angelo Kyle,my husband worked with Central Bank Of Philippines for ten
years before he died in the year 2012. When my late husband was alive
he deposited sum amount of Money with a Bank in UK, Presently,this
money is still with the Bank,I am in a hospital in Philippines receiving
treatment and my doctor has confirmed to me that i have just few days to
live on earth due to my esophageal cancer. Please i am choosing you to
receive this money on my behalf,and use it to help the less privilege.
Contact me on my private email:
Your Sister in Christ,
Mrs. Daniella Kyle