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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:
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Rita Booth <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2020 09:39:36 +0000
Subject: Good Day
From Mrs Rita Booth
I am contacting you under a humanitarian ground; I decided to contact
you purely on personal conviction of trust and confidence. I am Mrs
Rita Booth. I was born in Tel Aviv, married to late Mr. Andrew Booth,
We were happily married for 37 years without a child, my lovely
husband died, after a Cardiac Arteries Operation, and may his soul
rest in peace. Recently My Doctor told me that I would not last for
the next six months due to my cancer problem (cancer of the liver and
stroke) before my husband death last year.
There is this sum $ 8.4 Million United State of American Dollars that
my late husband deposited with a bank. Presently this money is still
in the bank. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund
to a true God fearing man or woman that will use this money in
humanitarian services the way I am going to instruct herein, to help
less privileged people, orphanages, I took this decision because I
don't have any child that will inherit this fund, and I don't want to
give out the money wrongly. This is why I am taking this decision to
hand you over this Fund. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I
am going. I want you to always remember me in your daily prayers
because of my upcoming Cancer Surgery. Write back as soon as possible
because any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another
person for this same purpose.
From Mrs Rita Booth