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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 united state 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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Regina Patrick <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2020 21:15:51 +0200
Subject: Hello My Dear Beloved One
I Need Your Assistance, this however is not mandatory nor will I in any
manner compel you to honor against your will. Your profile pushed me to
send you this
I am Mrs. Regina Patrick, from Solomon Island. I am married to Mr.Patrick
Cedric from Ivory Coast.he was the executive accountant with the Ivory
Coast ministry resources and energy. for many years.before he died in the
year 2015. We were married for years without a child. He died after a brief
illness that lasted for only Three weeks. Before his death we were
faithful in God.
Before his death we were both Servant of God. Since his death I decided not
to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which God is against.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $3.7M Three Million
Seven Hundred Thousand United State Dollars in a bank here in Ivory Coast.
Recently my Doctor gave me a very bad news which is very disturbing To my
ears he told me that I would not last for the next Six months due to cancer
problem. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a
organization or good person that will utilize this money the way I am going
to instruct here in. I want a Charity organization or good person that will
use this fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to
endeavor that the house of God is maintained.
l took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this
money and my Late husband relatives donât want to set there eye on me and
also not even good at all because they are the one that killed my husband
in other to have all my late husband properties,
This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death hence I
know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the
God."God will fight my case and I shall hold my peace, I don't need any
telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence the
presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I don't want them to
know about this development. With God all things are possible.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank in
Africa. I will also issue you an authority letter that will prove you the
beneficiary of this fund. I want you and the organization to always pray
for me because the lord is my shepherd.
Whoever that Wants to serve God must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please
always be prayerful all through your life.and any delay in your reply will
give me room in sourcing another organization or good person for this same
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated here in.
Thanks and Remain blessed.
Mrs. Regina Patrick