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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: "Mrs. Kathleen Turner" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 26 Sep 2020 22:01:10 -0000
Subject: Good Day Dear!!!
Good Day Dear!!!
I am Mrs. Kathleen Turner from Madrid, presently staying in London, United Kingdom. I am married to Engr. David Turner who worked as the financial director under United Nation Development Programmed for Africa for than ten years before he died in the year 2010. We were married for eleven years without a child, he died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days and before his death we were both born again Christian.
Since the death of my husband, I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home as its against the biblical believe of the Christendom. When my husband was alive he deposited $12.5 Million USD with a reputable bank, and presently this money is still with the bank; recently, my doctor told me that I would not last long due to my cancer problem and the one that disturbs me most is my partial paralysis.
I want an organization or an individual that will use this fund for Orphanages, Widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I dont have any child or close relative that will inherit this money as I was raised as an orphan and my husband relatives are not Christians, they even have a hand in husband's death and I dont want my husbands efforts
to be used by the same people. 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 Lord. (Exodus 14 vs. 14) says that the Lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace.
As soon as I receive your reply with guaranteed word to help me fulfill the wish of my late husband, I will communicate you with the details of the said funds and how its ownership will be communicated to you as the sole beneficiary to that account.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Kathleen Turner