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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.
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr Elizabeth Akradech Allan" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 25 Jan 2020 05:01:26 -0800
Subject: REPLY URGENT RESPONDS
My quest to locate a responsible friend and partner to bring my dreams to a reality, hence l took this bold step to contact you through this medium and I would not like you to take an offence that l am bothering you since you do not know me neither have we met before. I contacted you through Twitter because I know you can do this for the sake of the poor kids in the Asian and diaspora.
I am Dr. Elizabeth Akradech Allan from THAILAND, I was married to Dr. Fredrick Allan who worked with the British Embassy in Thailand for nine years,before he died in the year 2002. We were both married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only few weeks. Before his death we were both involved in charity services. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which is against my principle as a Christian. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $5.5 million (Five million Five hundred thousand u.s.dollars) with a Bank in the United States of America. Presently, this money is still invested in this Bank in The United States of America.
Recently, my doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to my cancer problem, Though what disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known the condition of my health I have decided to donate this fund to charity, orphanage or an individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in. I want an individual that will use these fund-to-fund charity,orphanages and widows and to ensure that these set of people are well maintained. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are well of and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be misused by them.
As I do not want a situation whereby this money will be used in an ungodly manner,Hence the reasons for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death because l have lived a fulfilled life. As it is right now, I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health and also due to the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I don't want them to know about this development, As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact details of the Bank in the USA. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the original-beneficiary of this said fund.
I want you to see to the need of the less privileged. My happiness is that I lived a fulfilled life and l don't have any regrets in life. Please note that any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for another individual as I stated here in.
Do get back to me for more details to proceed. Hoping to hear from you soonest and do notify your interest in helping me assist charity with my funds.
Dr. Elizabeth Akradech Allan