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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:
- "hundred thousand us 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)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "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: "Caroline chrs Caroline Frehe" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2019 13:55:01 +0100
Subject: =?utf-8?q?Re=3A?= My dear i contact you in good =?utf-8?q?Faith=2C?=
My Dear In God We Trust.
I am happy to contact you today in good Faith.
With Due Respect and Humility, I Was Compelled to Write You Under Humanitarian Ground, I Mrs Kiryosne Mien, JAPAN Origin Live in MALAYSIA. I have took a personal decision to donate what I inherited from my Late Husband to the Charity, less Privilege, am 74 years old and I was diagnosed for cancer since the Past 4 years, immediately after the death of my husband. we were both married for many years without a child, I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money.
My Late Husband Was The Chairman/CEO of P: E Global Industries and a Philanthropist Based in MALAYSIA. I have Decided to Donate a Fund Through Credit Account (One Million, Nine Hundred Thousand Us Dollars) to you for this Assignment, Charity,less Privilege, building of schools,hospitals and also for the assistance of the poor widows, Motherless babies, Charity organization, CHRISTIAN OR MUSLIM, and orphans. I don't know you in person but God knows you, contacting you for this assignment is a direction from the holy spirit of God to donate this fund outside this country through you as my late husband has already donated alot in this country Malaysia,
So you have to make sure that you use this donation fund as I have directed so that the name of the Almighty God will be glorify forever. Your urgent response is required in this matter due to my present critical condition of my health, it was a Sister nurse working in this hospital that helped me to type this message, because I am loosing strenght every munites of the day. All I need from you is prayers that GOD will accept my soul incase I didn't survive this surgery. Also pray for the soul of my late Husband to rest in peace,
Please always be prayerful all through your life, we are visitors on this earth and we must be very careful in whatever we do so that our soul will not be awaste. I wish you all the best and may God bless you abundantly. I AM WAITING FOR YOUR URGENT REPLY
Remain blessed in God.Yours.Mother
Mrs Kiryosne Mien.