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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- "remain blessed" (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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Agnes Hilary" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Dec 2019 13:42:18 +0200
Subject: .I Prefer You.
Hello my dear beloved.
God bless you and your family, as you will benefit from this.
I am Mrs. Agnes Hilary from London UK, born in the state of Ohio USA. I a=
m legally married to Mr. Hilary Felix, a British citizen born and brought=
up in USA, I live in Switzerland with my husband for 32 years before we m=
ove down to UK in 1985 after my husband retirement in 1984, i am 75 years o=
ld by the grace of god. i am a god fearing person, and i am suffering fro=
m long time (illness) cancer of the breast. this illness (sickness) has tro=
ubled me for a long time. All indications from my doctor that my condition =
is really deteriorating and getting worse; and it is quite obvious that i w=
ouldn=2019t live more than three months, according to my doctor and in all =
indication regards to medical analysis. this is because the cancer disease =
has gotten to a very bad stage that no hope for me to be a living person ag=
ain. my dear husband was involved with the January 2000 Kenya airways plane=
crashed as you can see on the news line web site. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/=
40 years period of my marriage life, still we could not produce any child, =
my late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited some part=
of his business and money in the bank. the doctor has advised me that I ma=
y not live for more than three months and 2 weeks , today I have decided to=
donate and contribute to you, your Country and to the less privileges, cha=
rity homes, and orphanage homes and to those displaced by wars going on in =
the middle-east and around the world. =
I choose you after viewing your profile and I have the confident in you bec=
ause I have prayed. I am willing to donate the sum of gbp=A312.5,million Br=
itish pound, to the less privileged of which you will be responsible in tak=
ing care of the disbursement and sharing of this money to organizations tha=
t I will appoint. Meanwhile, you will also get 30% of the above amount whi=
ch will be; three million seven hundred and fifty thousand Great British P=
ounds (gbp=A33,750,000) will be as your compensation for helping me fulfill=
this desire of donation. =
Please I want you to know that this fund is still in the bank where my la=
te husband deposited it, I am going to advice my lawyer to change my last w=
ill to your name and file in an application for the transfer of the money i=
n your name. lastly, I honestly pray that this money when transferred to yo=
ur account will be used for the said purpose even though I am late then or =
alive, because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition is not alway=
s the final thing in life or death but helping people as well when they nee=
d it also matters most. please bear it in mind that all the money will righ=
tfully be changed to your names and will belong to your names as quickly as=
I get your reply, and I made the promise to god that the fund will be used=
to help the needy and the less privilege. Please reply to this email: ()
May the grace and love of our LORD Almighty be with you and your family, p=
lease for further discussion, reply to me with my email address ( magnesh70=
I await for your urgent reply.
Mrs. Agnes Hilary.=20