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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Marina Daniels <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2020 21:05:50 -0700
Greetings Dear Friend,
This is the second times I am sending the same message to you, hoping you
will receive it in good faith, as I urgently need your assistance in this
humanitarian investment project to be establish in your country, for the
support and mutual benefit of the orphans, gives justice and help to the
poor, needy, elderly ones, disables and to promote the words of God and the
effort that the house of God will be maintained says The Lord, as I have
been touched by God to donate from what I have because it will be a great
loss in spending the fund on my health treatment hence my doctor has
confirmed to me that I will not survive this illness. My name is Mrs.
Marina Bagni Daniels, I am a widow diagnosed with brain tumor disease which
has gotten to a very bad stage which has gotten to a very bad stage and
presently I am partially suffering from a stroke illness which has become
almost impossible for me to move around. I was married to my late husband
for many years before he died, unfortunately we don't have any children of
our own non any relation, I grew up from the orphanage home before i got
married, my doctor confided to me that I have less chance to live as a
result of my illness. My late husband and I made a substantial deposit with
the Bank, Having known my present health condition I have decided to hand
over and entrust the sum of (Nine Million Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand
Dollars) in our joint account to you to Invest into a charitable project in
your country/position. Based on my present health status I am permanently
indisposed to handle finances or any financial related project following my
This is the reason I contacted you for your support and help to stand as my
rightful beneficiary and claim the money for humanitarian purposes for the
mutual benefits of the less privileged ones. Because If the money remains
unclaimed with the bank after my death, those greedy bank executives will
place the money as an unclaimed Fund and share it for their selfish and
worthless ventures. However I needs your sincerity and ability to carry out
this transaction and fulfill my final wish in implementing the charitable
investment project in your country as it requires absolute trust and
devotion without any failure and It will be my pleasure to compensate you
with part of the money as my Investment Manager/Partner for your effort in
handling the transaction, while the remaining amount of the money will be
invested into the charity project there in your country. Please I am
waiting for your prompt response if only you are interested I will give you
further details of the transaction. Meanwhile always check your email as I
have only a few days to leave on this earth. Your early response will be
May God bless you with peace and goodness.
Sincerely Mrs. Marina Bagni Daniels.