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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: SISTERJANNETH IKE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2019 16:13:47 +0100
Subject: REPLY BACK
From Mrs. Janneth Ike,
I'm Mrs. Janneth Ike from Canada. I am married to Mr. Duke Ike , who
worked with Canada embassy here in Cote d 'Ivoire for nine years
before he died 2014. We were married for ten years without a child. He
died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his
death we were both born again Christian.
Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my
matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband was
alive he deposited the sum of (8.5 million US) Eight million Five
hundred thousand United States dollars deposited in one bank here in
Cote D 'Ivoire. Presently, this money still with the Bank here in
Capital of Cote D' Ivoire Yamoussoukro.
Recently, after my illness, my doctor told me I would not last for the
next one months due to cancer problem, I said that in the next one
months will not be spreading this type of bone cancer and I do not
live again. But what bothers me most is my stroke sickness.
Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church,
organization or individual that will utilize this money the way I am
going to instruct herein. I want a church, organization or individual
that will use this fund for orphanages, widows like me, the poor and
needy, and also propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the
house of God is maintained.
The Bible made us understand that "Blessed is the hand that gives." I
took this decision because I have no child that will inherit this
money and my husband relatives are not Christian and I do not want my
husband efforts to be used by unbelievers. I do not want a situation
where this money will be used in ungodly way. This is why I am taking
this decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where to go.
I know I will be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that
the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace . I do not need
any telephone communication in this regard because of my health and
therefore, the presence of my husband's relatives around me always . I
do not want my husband's relatives to know about this development.
With God all things are possible. After you contact me through my
private email address i will direct you to my lawyer who will help you
in legal matters and direction and other things because i want this
fund transfer to me legal and genuine without any problem during the
Assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to
receive your response immediately with your full contact information
1.Full Name .........................................
2.Residential address ...........................
3.Private Phone No ..............................
6.Country of Origin .............................
Thanks and Remain blessed in the Lord.
yours sister in Christ.
Sister Janneth Ike