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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million 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)
- 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. Biyu Fung Chi" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2019 10:30:34 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: I am waiting your response.
I know that this letter may be a very big surprise to you, I came across your email contact from my personal search and I instructed the doctor here in this hospital to help me email you and i believe that you will be honest to fulfill my final wish before I will die.
I am Mrs. Biyu Fung Chi, From China, and I am suffering from a long time cancer of the breast. From all indication my condition is really deteriorating, and my doctors have courageously advised me that I may not live beyond 2 month; this is because the cancer has reached a critical stage.
I was married to late Dr Chi Thai, gold & diamond exportation in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where we live We were married for eleven years without a child. before he died in the year2011. But is quite unfortunately, He died after a Cardiac Arteries Operation that lasted only for four days.
Since his death I decided not to re-marry, I deposited all the sum of $5.5million dollars with a Bank in Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso, where we spend our life together in Burkina Faso.
Presently, this money is still in their custody, and the management just wrote me as the Legitimate beneficiary to come forward to receive the money after keeping it for so long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I cannot come over as a result of my illness, or they get it confiscated.
Presently, Iâm with my laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment, I have since lost my ability to do anything myself and my doctors have told me that I have only 2 month to live.
Now that I am about to end the race like this without any family members and no child, It is my last wish to see that this money is invested, but you will assure me that you will take 50% of the money and give 50% to the orphanages home in your country for my heart to rest.
I want your good humanitarian, to also use this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows around. I must let you know that this was a very hard decision, but I had to take a bold step towards this issue because I have no further option. I hope you will help see my last wishes come true.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank. I will also issue you a letter of authority which will prove that you are the new beneficiary of my funds, and the documents concerning the deposit. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hope to hear from you soonest. I am waiting your response.through this my Private Email address firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE REPLY ME AGAIN WITH THE ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS
BELOW FOR MY CONFIRMATION:
5.Country of Residence:
7.Your marital status:
9.Sand to me your picture:
10.You have to assured me that you will act as I have instructed you if the fund get to your account.
Yours Sick Sister in Christ.
Mrs. Biyu Fung Chi.