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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:
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Daniella Kyle," <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2019 12:32:46 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Urgent Message from Mrs. Daniella Kyle.
From: Mrs. Daniella Kyle.
Address: 11 Temple Drive Green Meadows
Subdivision 8510 Quezon City, Philippines
Good day to you.
My name is Mrs. Daniella Kyle the wife of Mr. Angelo Kyle from Philippines. My late husband was a successful businessman during his days in Abidjan, Republic of Cote d'Ivoire in West Africa where we lives for 20 years before he died last year. We were married for 27 years without any child. My Husband died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of (US$5.8Million) (Five Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States of American Dollars) which was derived from his vast businesses.
The money was deposited in a suspense account for onward transfer to a foreign account with a finance bank in Abidjan, the economic capital of Cote d'Ivoire. Presently, this money is still with the bank and the bank management wrote me recently as nominee that I should come forward to sign for the release of this money only know to me and my late husband or rather I authorize a foreign partner or agent to receiving the money on my behalf if I cannot come over.
But unfortunately, Presently I am in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live. It is my last wish to see this money distributed to charitable organizations anywhere in the World. I need your honest and sincere cooperation to receiving this money and donate to any non-profit charity organizations and Motherless babies homes of your choice. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money, relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my illness, I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them.
Know that you can keep 30% of the money for yourself and the rest will be used to create a charitable foundation in my memory and a federation in the fight against cancer, the poor people that in needs and also build orphanages. I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my soundless voice and you can contact me only through my personal email address:.
I will appreciate very much reading your urgent response.
Mrs. Daniella Kyle.