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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:
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Emily Olivier Jackman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2020 20:58:26 -0700
Subject: I NEED A FAITHFULLY PERSON
Hello My Dear
I am sure this mail would be coming to you as a surprise since we have
never met before and you would also be asking why I have decided to chose
you among the numerous internet users in the world, precisely I cannot say
why I have chosen you but do not be worried for I saw your profile on the
Internet, which has made me accomplish my request. May the almighty God
bless and see you through with this mission if you can carefully read and
digest the message below.
Before I move further, permit me to give you a little of my biography,I am
Mother Emily Olivier Jackman, 67 Years old woman and the wife of Late Sir
Jackman Olivier who died alongside our only child in a Plane crash on
Monday the 7th of September 1998 GMT 14:22 UK while they were flying from
New York to Geneva.Please see site below for more information.
After the death of my husband and son ,I became the Head of his investment
and just recently, the doctors handling my health issues at Cancer center:
Christie Hospital NHS Trust UK, have said I may not live beyond the next
two months after my next surgery,but before the death of my husband we had
a plan to use the last days of our lives to donate half of what we have
worked for to the less privilege and charity homes and the other half for
ourselves, family members and close friends, and it is so unfortunate that
my husband is not alive today to do this with me and I am very weak with
cancer and coupled with the recent announcement from the doctor, hence I
have decided to do this philanthropic work on behalf of my late husband and
Presently, I have willed out almost half of our assets to several charity
homes and to some of the less privilege in different countries. Despite the
agreement between my late husband and I to give aid to the deprived, we
also agreed to render support to an individual we have not met before in
life due to the fact when we were still young in life we received an
anonymous help from an individual we did not know and which we have not
been able to know till date, the impact we got from such gesture made us to
I am sorry to inform you that you will never have the chance to know me
because I have just concluded the assignment which my husband and I have
agreed upon before his sudden death and you happened to be the beneficiary
of our last WILL, irrespective of your previous financial status, hence I
need you to do me a favor by accepting our offer.
I have presently instructed my attorney to assist any person I will
introduce to him as the beneficiary to the last will in the sum of USD
(15,500,000.00) with my bank. I decided to do this now and unconditionally
knowing that my days are numbered.
Note: Please I do not want you to thank me, same gesture was shown to us,
all I need you to do is, When you get this fund, use %50 for your self and
the rest to assist the less privileged in your community, this is the only
way to immortalize us when I am gone.
Mrs.Emily Olivier Jackman